Often drawing on autobiographical incidents and memories, David Brian Smith’s paintings utilise personal as well as found photographs as source imagery, rooting them in the real, lived world. These landscape paintings, however, are far from realism. With a distinct crosshatched weave, Smith’s herringbone linen facilitates idiosyncratic patterns and techniques. The paint is knitted to the fabric by layered washes, each one unlocking the final image. With their intense palettes, dramatic skies, folkloric subjects, and passages of pure dream-like invention, they radiate an almost spiritual quality.
David Brian Smith, born 1981, Wolverhampton, England. Studied at Chelsea College of Art, London. Solo exhibitions include, ‘Goodwill and the Unknown Man’, 2012, ‘Great Expectations, 2010 and I Believe in Everything, 2007 at Carl Freedman Gallery, London. Group exhibitions include, ‘You play the line, I play the sand, with Oliver Perkins, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, 2011, Newspeak: British Art Now, Part Two, Saatchi Gallery, London 2010 and **** (Part Three), Neue Froth Kunsthalle, Brighton, 2013. He was selected for SV10: Members’ Show, by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren, Studio Voltaire, London 2010 and was a prize winner in The Creekside Open, selected by Ceri Hand, A.P.T Gallery, London 2013.
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