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, Environment, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
  • Tags: Paul Smith, Painting, Collage, Twickenham, Sunderland, Landscape, Wilderness, Abandoned, Found, Lost
 
 

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    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
    2016 Contemporary British Painting Prize
    Selected by practising painters Simon Burton, Nathan Eastwood, Terry Greene, Susie Hamilton, Matthew Krishanu and Freya Purdue

    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 
    2016
    (Forthcoming September) Contemporary British Painting Prize, Richmond Riverside Gallery & Huddersfield Art Gallery
    (Forthcoming July) Undead Painters Flash Salon II, ASC Bond House Gallery, London
    Anagrams, Kingston Museum
    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)