Professional artist with Asperger’s and other issues. Tutored by the highly acclaimed artist Stewart Geddes and the late Stass Paraskos/ I won the 2004 RSBA Rome Scholarship Award for Art / I’ve sold 40 paintings all over Europe.
OLD-NEW WORK ’97-2018: Landscape-based abstract paintings: Since 2003, my central passion in my paintings has been to create abstract visual feasts for the eyes which are shaped by places (mostly landscape, sometimes interior).
Every painting derives from my experience in a place and its associations, which can include its: character, colours, textures, weather, architectural/ natural forms, history, human aspect, current social affairs and my psychology within it. A painting may be more hard-edged, softer, flatter or textured, brighter or violent depending on the place and experience. I am visually exhilarated by colours, landscape structure, old weathered walls, ruins and natural landscapes which are evoked in my art. Rome, Scotland, Sussex, Tenerife, Wales and my home have all inspired my art.
My evocative and semi-improvised paintings now incorporate the geometric grid with painterly abstraction and abstracted image traces: generating a critique about painting and abstract painting. I want my paintings to look as if they have grown organically. Taking years to resolve, they are richly layered, textured, intimate and object-like in size on very thick paper, often looking like old relics. I use a range of effects in a painting, including: collage, textures, incised lines, rips, transparencies, pure colour areas, linear strokes and sanded down areas.
(c) Jonathan Peter Smith, April, 2020