OLD AND NEW WORK 2000 – 2018
The thrilling adventure, magical alchemy, organic improvisation and sublime visual feasts that abstract painting gives you, has been my central passion for the past fifteen years. I make aesthetic, semi-autonomous, abstract paintings. But pure abstraction isn’t interesting to me. I cannot paint from nothing: I need inspiration from profound sources to give life and enrichment to my painting.
Aesthetically, I love old interiors, natural and urban landscapes: places marked by time, hence my paintings often having the quality of old weathered walls or relics. I am fascinated with how a profound sense of place can be evoked through abstraction. Hence each painting is shaped by multi-associations characteristic of a place: wondrous colours, shapes and textures; climate; atmosphere; my love of natural/ human history; people; human psychology, including my own.
(c) Jonathan Peter Smith, August 2019