David Smith


Eliminating obvious signs of brushwork, I paint flat, crisply delineated abstract forms in vivid colour combinations.

The geometry is intentionally hard and rigorous, sometimes elaborate, and the colours I use most frequently have become an extended family of hues - cerulean blue, prism violet, eau-de-nil, pinks, teal and, most obviously, black and white. My titles are occasionally cryptic - a painting such as "Interior" may raise the question as to what exactly is interior or exterior, or whether it is simply a flat arrangenent of form and colour, as abstract as any other of my paintings. Although "Sunday Morning" and "Skylight" tease the viewer into recognizing a cityscape through a window, they also are, in effect, abstract compositions, where any truly recognizable elements have been eliminated. In "Skylight", for example, the 'sky', is a different shade of blue in each 'pane', discouraging further recognition of the real world. The 'black' paintings 'Axis', 'Praxis', 'Entasis' and 'Interchange' form a series which I am planning to augment. These depict geometric forms not bound by the picture frame, but possessing the capability of continuing virtually to infinity. I work entirely in acrylic, and on canvas unless otherwise stated. The paintings are on a moderate scale, currently no larger than 76 x 102 cm.

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