About the Artist
Medieval photos? Alan Smith’s new series, The Painting Diary, confirms his obsession with the possibilities of paint. The icon-like technique stems from an impoverished boyhood in Nottingham, watching his father repeatedly sand and repaint their home.
Smith has shown in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, London, and exhibited solo at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Reviewing his Folkestone Triennial Fringe 2014 show, the Sunday Telegraph said:
“Alan’s working technique is fastidious, his work contemplative. Around the walls, small gesso panels glow with inner colour, having been painstakingly glazed with thin washes of oil paint in the Renaissance manner . . . forms seem to be on the point of forming or dissolving, caught in the moment that the inchoate acquires substance.” (Clive Aslet)
Smith was head of fine art at Cheltenham College of Art but left to paint full-time. After several years in Paris he recently moved to Folkestone. His latest award is the 2014 Passwort 3 drawing prize from the Zeicheninstitut in Kassel, Germany.