Approved: 13.03.2013

Angela Smith

Artist

Approved: 13.03.2013

The complex contradictions at the core of the human psyche are the central concerns of Angela Smith’s abstracted figurative paintings.

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    The complex contradictions at the core of the human psyche are the central concerns of Angela Smith’s abstracted figurative paintings.

    Smith disrupts the surface of her canvas, pouring and restricting paint over and over.  Paint floods, oozes, trickles and pools, allowing space for unpredictability and the unexpected, seeking a precarious balance between control and chance. This process-based work starts with no set outcome; building up materiality before harnessing it.

    Angela paints with gloss and enamel, and texture in places is dense. Bulges and wrinkles create their own topography, echoing the many psychological layers we construct to conceal and protect our innermost selves. Elsewhere, the finish is a mirror-like veneer inviting space for introspective reflection.

    The intensely energised subjects are set against a flat, solid, impenetrable ground, enabling scrutiny of these expressive figures with no distractions. Yet although isolated with nowhere to hide they remain resolute and as complex as their surface.

    CV & Education

    Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

    2016                    Surface Tension, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
    2015                    The Labyrinth Inside, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
    2014                    Cafe Projects, Towner, Eastbourne
    2012                    Angela Smith and Mark Hall, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire
    2009                    The Unsaid, The Gallery, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2017                   National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
                               The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                               The Group Show, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire 
                               Winter Warmer, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
    2016                    Signed and Numbered, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
                               The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                               Discerning Eye Prizewinners, Triforium, Temple Church, London
                               Collaboration, Studio 53, Salisbury
                               The New Immortals, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
    2015                    The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London
                                Heads, Studio One Gallery, Wandsworth, London
                                Summer Show, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire
                                The London Group Draw II, The Cello Factory, London
    2014                    Reality Departure, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
                                Chinese Whispers, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
                                Chinese Whispers, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven
                                Seams, Hoxton Arches, Shoreditch, London
                                The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
                                inside/out, Studio 53, Salisbury
                                Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh                            
                                East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
                                20 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
    2013                    Growth, Karin Janssen Project Space, 213 Well Street, London 
                                the open west, Newark Park touring to Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
                                The London Group Centenary Open, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London
                                Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London
    2012                    Bite, Mall Galleries, London
                                Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
                                Ludlow Open, Ludlow College, Ludlow
                                Bodies, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
                                Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys, Wales
                                Miniatures, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
    2011                    Cork Street Open, 27-28 Cork Street, London
                                The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
                                Print, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
                                East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
                                Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
    2010                    The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                                The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
                                Penang International Print, Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, Malaysia
                                artWorks Open, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London
                                East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
                                Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
    2009                    Postcards from Dystopia, Nolias Gallery, London
                                The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                                Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
                                Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London
                                Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London
    2008                    In Common, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury
                                Twelfth Annual Graduate Festival, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
                                Sefton Open, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
                                Fine Art Painting Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton

    Prizes and Awards

    2016                    Awarded an a-n Professional development bursary
    2014                    Shortlisted for The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
                                Shared Space Residency, Blue Monkey Network
                                Shortlisted for the IR11 Painting Prize, Edinburgh
    2012                    Shortlisted for stage 2 of John Moores Painting Prize
    2009                    The Parker Harris Prize, The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
    2008                    Winner, In Common, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury

    Publications

    2016                    Surface Tension
    2014                    Paint Like You Mean It catalogue
                               Angela Smith catalogue produced by Lacey Contemporary
    2013                    open west catalogue
    2012                    Front cover a-n magazine, May issue; Oriel Davies catalogue
    2011                    Cork Street Open
    2010                    Penang International, Malaysia; fringeMK Annual Painting Prize catalogue

    Education

    2005-2008           BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton
    2003-2005           BTEC Diploma Art Foundation, City College Brighton & Hove