Approved: 16.11.2010

Paul Smith

Artist, Curator, Digital designer, Gallerist, Gallery educator, Teacher

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
  • Contexts: Exhibition, Residency
  • Artforms: Mixed media, Painting
  • Tags: collage, death, figure, drop city, commune, dome, geodesic, neo, fens, water, grotto, folly, wales, kite, painting
 
 

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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

    Selected Exhibitions 
    2018
    (forthcoming June) Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester
    (forthcoming July) Field Notes - Painting the Anthropocene, Paul Smith & Katharine Le Hardy, One Paved Court, Richmond Upon Thames
    My Muybridge, Kingston Museum, Kington Upon Thames
    The Staithes Paintings, Staithes Studios Gallery, Staithes, North Yorkshire

    2017
    This is This, Don't Walk Walk Gallery, Deal, Kent (solo exhibition)
    The Discerning Eye 2017, Mall Galleries, London
    Second Floor Studios Annual Open, No Format Gallery, London
    Small World, PS MIrabel, Manchester
    Painting (Now), Studio One Gallery, London
    Three100, No Format Gallery, London
    Launch Event, Don't Walk Walk Gallery, Deal, Kent
    Launch Event, Why Not Art, The Crown, London

    2016
    Noise Rings, The Maltings, Farnham (solo exhibition)
    Paper Cuts, Transition Gallery, London
    The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
    Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016, Richmond Riverside Gallery (Sept - Oct) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (Nov-Feb 2017) 
    Undead Painters Flash Salon II, ASC Bond House Gallery, London
    Anagrams, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames

    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

    2014
    The Ice House, Sanctuary Gallery, Northampton (solo exhibition)
    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

    2013
    Vanishing Points, Gallery cueB, London (solo exhibition)
    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

    Awards and Competitions
    2016 Contemporary British Painting Prize

    Group show selected by practising painters Simon Burton, Nathan Eastwood, Terry Greene, Susie Hamilton, Matthew Krishanu and Freya Purdue.

    The Prize Winner selection panel judges for 2016: Michael Peppiatt (owner and publisher of Art International 1985-1995 and since 2010 board member of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome), Amanda Geitner (Senior Curator of the Sainsbury Centre, 1998-2015 and Director East Anglian Art Fund), Paul O’Kane (member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and regular contributor to Art Monthly), Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Art Gallery) and Sophie Cummings (Curator of Swindon Art Gallery and Museum).

    2016 Jackson's Open Art
    Selected by Carlos de Lins, Hillary Daltry. Hugo Grenville, James Hobbs, Paul Bell and Sarah Sparkes

    2016 Anagrams - Judges's Choice

    2015 Neo Art Prize
    Selected by 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 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)