OLD AND NEW WORK 2000 – 2018
The creation of visual and textural abstract feasts is my central passion in my paintings, which are shaped by places.
Each painting has a richly multi-layered surface and has subtly evocative multi-references to a place, such as its: multiple viewpoints, character, colours, climate, architecture, natural/ human history, and sometimes my psychology in it.
Each painting evokes what visually exhilarates me in a place like: graffiti, colours and textures of old weathered walls, ruins, seascapes or wild landscapes. Rome, Tenerife, Sussex, Wales and my home have all influenced my art. Reading say, Welsh history with its battles and industry also has profoundly shaped paintings.
In the end though, my semi-improvised paintings evolve a life of their own offering you a new more hopeful world to discover, but never escaping this world entirely.
(c) Jonathan Peter Smith, August 2019