Martin Smith

4 Canterbury Close, Chichester PO19 5DD

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Martin Smith

Paintings in acrylic and affordable fine art prints. I am very happy to explain the processes applied to produce these works.

Selected Works

Personal Statement

In the mid-sixties I was spurred to enter the field by three exhibitions of works of Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley and JWM Turner, who each seemed to a sixteen year old to have a grip on the elemental. Francis Bacon’s statement that the indispensable aspect of your work must be sensation- sealed it. As a Painting Student at Chelsea School of Art from 1968 to 1971, I found you could do anything. I was attracted to and explored Three dimensional installation, printmaking, photography and film, as well as Painting. I became convinced that the issue of extending the boundary of the established tradition of Painting was of greater significance and more challenging than the adoption of a ‘new’ material to provide a superficial technical novelty, when the ‘problem’ would always be to present authentically personal work that exists on its own terms while remaining accessible. Experience of collaborative working with clients has been stimulating with no loss to me of the personal element. I am happy to accept commissions on a collaborative basis and find site specific projects interesting and liberating. .My work is progressing in leaps these days and is a source of pleasure and excitement, and hopefully, sensation.

Additional Information

Website: I am showing paintings in Acrylic and affordable Fine Art Prints. I am very happy to explain the processes applied to produce these works which seek to extend the field of Painting.. I am interested in originating intense visual sensations and exploring appropriation of the picture frame and composition to provoke visual paradoxes. Not image capture. Experiments with hybrid figurative-abstract pieces have been successful. The means of expression are broader but risk confounding the frame of reference. I offer a collaborative process on site specific commissions and I have found adopting the interests of clients liber

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