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Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

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My work is predominantly abstract. I think of it as ‘dreamscapes’—part memory, part imagination, part observation. Beginning with images of natural elements the works progress through a process where I apply multiple layers over a long period of time. I then scratch and sand back to reveal temporarily hidden elements that then inspire further layers to be added. I like the juxtaposition of random marks made by dripping, spraying etc in conjunction with more considered techniques and details. 

The aim is to create a piece that questions our interpretation of the way we interact with the seemingly mundane. To me there is a sublime mystery to be found within observations of everyday life. If this is seen as mysterious or hard to read then that enhances the feeling I’m looking to achieve. I enjoy the challenge of trying to represent impermanence and the flow of life through the medium of a ‘fixed’ painted image. 

My main contemporary influences are Cruz Jimenez, Darren Waterston, Peter Doig, Chris Rivers, Max Gimblett, Olafur Eliasson, Gerda Leenards, Fiona Rae and John Walsh. 

My strongest historical influences are Monet, Turner, Bosch, Miro, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh Chun. 

In 2011 I was privileged to study with Max Gimblett. I studied with Andrew Barns-Graham from 2010-2013 and Cruz Jimenez from 2013-2016. I also studied Chinese brush painting with Wei Lin Ha.

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