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 have sold 40 paintings all over Europe.
OLD to NEW WORK 1997 – 2018:
Landscape-based abstract paintings: Over the past seventeen years, 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, climate, architectural or natural features, history (which I research) and my psychology within it. I am visually exhilarated by bright or delicate colours, old weathered walls, ruins and natural landscapes which will all be evoked in my art. Rome, Tenerife, Sussex, Wales and my home have all inspired my art.
My evocative paintings now incorporate the geometric grid with painterly abstraction, including abstracted image traces. 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, incised lines, transparencies, blocks of pure colour, linear strokes and scraped/ sanded down areas.
(c) Jonathan Peter Smith, March, 2020