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David Smith
Hong Kong

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My work has always engaged with landscape. I explore ideas of space, light, time and our relationship to the environments we live in.

The small scale of these works reflects paintings ability to show subtlety and visual impact without overwhelming with size. The subjects are often isolated or transient showing interplay between architectural/man made elements and changeable environmental conditions like light, weather, pollution etc. The processes involved are central to the work. The approach is often fluid and adaptable, employing washes and the chemical qualities of oil to disrupt, dissolve, shroud or change a piece. This places the artist more in the role of a facilitator, who sets the stage for an unknown outcome.

The intent is to present works that are open ended and spare, in scale, content and treatment.  The idea of something or somewhere being empty, shrouded or isolated is intriguing and works as potential for a viewer to engage with. Even though one is looking at a particular place, the art creates the sense of being out of time and place or existing elsewhere, like a kind of timelessness. 



born: 1976, Ireland


University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2003 MFA
Sligo Institute of Technology, Ireland, BA Fine Art
Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland, N Dip Art

selected awards/honors

Arts Council of Ireland travel award, 2004
Thomas Damann Jr. Memorial Trust award, 1980

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Whiteroom Gallery, Empty Spaces, Galway, Ireland, 2008
Linenhall Arts centre, New Works, 2000, Mayo, Ireland, 2000
Logan Gallery, Liquid Space, 2000, Galway, Ireland, 2000

selected group shows

PAINT, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2010
Back to Drawing, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong 2010
Hong Kong Shenzhen bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2009
EVA, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, 2005

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