My painting represents a kind of adolescent boyish naivety, where I balance out desire and fear, fascination, spectacle, cinema, violence, and pleasure in combinations of psychological highs and lows.
My studio practice serves the many varied interests I follow. So far I have produced a body of work in a seemingly random fashion, it fulfils my need to record thoughts or memories. This is largely due to my trouble with memory, perception and processing information, caused by an umbrella condition called Dyspraxia, which I was diagnosed with in 2012 after thirty plus years of exaggerated difficulty with reading, writing and mostly studying, it is something that I continue to struggle with from day to day.
CV & Education
Oliver Smith | Visual Artist C.V.
International based fellowship or residency.
MFA (2011) Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Bath, Somerset.
Specialization: Combined Media Installation.
BFA (1999) UAL Camberwell College London / UCA School of Fine Art, Farnham, Surrey.
Specializations: Film and Video, Combined Media.
Advance GNVQ Fine Art (1997) Kent Institute of Art and Design. Dover, Kent.
Specializations: Painting, Combined Media.
2014 - Wells Art Contemporary Open. Wells and Mendip Museum, Somerset.
2014 - 25th Summer Show. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset.
2011 - Open. Millington Marriott – New Gallery London, Peckham, London.
2011 - Square Eyes. CAZ Project Space, Cornwall.
2011 – MFA Graduation Show. Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Bath, Somerset.
2010 – Solo Exhibition. Budo Centre, Kyoto, Japan.
2007 – Solo Exhibition. Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
2006 – Solo Exhibition. Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
Continuing Professional Practice
2011 – Presentation of work to the faculty and students of Marlborough College, Marlborough.
2010 – Lecture on “Developing Professional Practice within Fine Art”. Bath Spa University.
2011 – Presentation on “Establishing a Contextual Framework within Fine Art”. Bath Spa University.
2011 – Lecture on “Re-establishing Studio Practice”. Bath Spa University.