Following a winter residency at Staithes Studios Paul has produced an entirely new body of work in response. Paul has torn up his source materials of photographic documentary and encounter with landscape to produce a radical vision of habitats under the pressure of human presence. In this new age of the Anthropocene his paintings mediate lost and repurposed human structures entwined with vegetal life. The works remind us that what we consider ‘nature’ has always been framed through the aesthetic and that a new discourse of paint can help us to see the strange luminosity of a world in which the human is an always-tangible presence in the natural world.
About Paul Smith:
Paul Smith is an artist originally from Sunderland and now based in South West London. After initially specialising in photography at UCA, Farnham College of Art, he turned to studio practice as a painter in 2009.
Paul has exhibited widely in the UK and was recently part of the touring Contemporary British Painting Prize and in late 2017 Don’t Walk Walk Gallery of Deal hosted his solo show ‘This is This’. Other notable exhibitions include The ING Discerning Eye (2017, 2016), Griffin Art Prize (2015), Neo Art Prize (2015) and solo shows ‘Noise Rings’ at Farnham Maltings (2016) and ‘The Ice House’ at Northampton’s The Sanctuary Gallery (2014). Previous selected group exhibitions include ‘Small Worlds’ PS Mirabel, Manchester, ‘Painting (Now)’ Studio 1 Gallery, London, ZAP Open, Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2014, 2013).