Approved: 16.11.2010

Paul Smith

Artist, Curator, Gallerist

Approved: 16.11.2010

My work documents my interest in the lost and the found, what is passing out of memory and what is synthesized as trace in the landscape. Exploring lost places and capturing the essence of a moment of abandonment has been part of my practice since my earliest work, photographing the post-industrial landscape of the North East. More recently I have used these explorations of localities on the verge

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  • Location: Twickenham, London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions, Curating
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Environment, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
  • Tags: Paul Smith, Painting, Collage, Twickenham, Sunderland, Landscape, Wilderness, Abandoned, Found, Lost
 
 

Biography

My work documents my interest in the lost and the found, what is passing out of memory and what is synthesized as trace in the landscape. Exploring lost places and capturing the essence of a moment of abandonment has been part of my practice since my earliest work, photographing the post-industrial landscape of the North East. More recently I have used these explorations of localities on the verge of returning to unofficial wilderness in dialogue with found material. Working between these two sources has informed a broader turn in my works to consider layerings and cuttings: the process of collage by which territory is shaped into landscape by human action.

CV & Education

Education 
Btec. Foundation Fine Art – Sunderland Art School 1991
BA Fine Art 2:1 - West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham 1994

Awards and Competitions
2015 Neo Art Prize
Selected by artist Ian Davenport, Amira Gad (Serpentine Gallery), Margot Heller (South London Gallery) and Helen Pheby (Yorkshire Sculpture Park)

2015 Windsor and Newton Painting Prize
Selected by artist Ian Davenport, Nigel Hurst (Saatchi Gallery) and Becca Pelly-Fry (Griffin Gallery)

2015 Dulux Let's Make Colour Awards
Nominee, Contribution to Colour in the Arts

2014 Zeitgeist Open Exhibition
Selected by Andrew Bick, Juan Bolivar, Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley

2014 First Prize, Sanctuary Gallery Open

2013 First Prize, Open cueB, Gallery cueB

2013 Zeitgeist Open Exhibition
Selected by Graham Crowley, Susan Collis, Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley

2012 Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery
Selected by Mathew Collings (art writer, broadcaster, artist), Ceri Hand (Ceri Hand Gallery), Fiona MacDonald (Standpoint Gallery), Sarah Rowles (Q-ART)

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Noise Rings, The Maltings, Farnham
2014 The Ice House, Sanctuary Gallery, Northampton
2013 Vanishing Points, Gallery cueB, London
2011  Paul Smith, VZ Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2015                                                                                                                  
Neo Art Prize, Neo Gallery 27, Bolton
Griffin Gallery Open, The Griffin Gallery, London
Shortlisted, The Gallery at Handmade Frames, Teddington
Channeling, The Institution of Art & Ideas, Hay on Wye
Surface Tension, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington
Pop Living, The Schwartz Gallery, London
Outside In, The Baxter Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames
Longlisted - Threadneedle Prize 2015

2014
The Zeitgeist Open 2014, Bond House Gallery, London
AAF Battersea, JAMM, London
The Time of Yellow, Project Gallery, Arundel
20x20, Sanctuary Gallery Open, Sanctuary Gallery, Northampton
Longlisted - National Open Art Competition 2014; Threadneedle Prize 2014; John Moore's Painting Prize 2014

2013
The Zeitgeist Open 2013, Bond House Gallery, London
LCB Takeover, LCB Depot & Fresh Meat Gallery, Leicester
Fresh Meat Gallery Open, Cornflake, London
Open cueB, Gallery cueB, London

2012
Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
Diffraction, Nolias Gallery, London
All Around You, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington

2011-
DJ Selection, Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton (2011)
Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London (2010)
Imperfect Recall, The Architect's Gallery, Teddingon (guest curator) (2010
Real and Unreal, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington (2009)
People and Places, The Architect's Gallery, Teddington (2009)
New Beginnings, Diesel House Studios, London (2008)
Spirit of Llyn, Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Gallery, Llanbedrog, Wales (2006)
Wilderness, Lecht Ski Centre, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland (2006)