With not long to go until Smith's next show opens at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, we thought we'd whet your appetite with a short introductory trailer.
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This coming April, Smith returns for his fourth show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, with a new body of work titled Priceless.
Smith builds upon last year’s world record breaking $450,000,000 sale of Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at Christie’s, as the catalyst to explore the world of high-end art auction results and the wider topic of the commercial value of art.
With 30 new original artworks and two limited print editions, Smith poses the question… ‘Just how much will we pay for something priceless?’
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Smith will be contributing towards FaceValue2. A show which will ‘confront identity changed by the potentially devastating effects of others’. The concept behind FaceValue2 is to use over 25 collaborative artworks to show the effect on one’s identity an outside influence can have, ranging from minimal to near devastating.
25+ artists have donated an artwork knowing it will be handed to an unspecified artist to use as a reference point to take it on a new journey with varying destinations. The result being a collaboration between two artists, producing one coherent work which has had its identity altered by another.
The show is located at Jealous Gallery, EC2, London between 9th - 17th March. 100% of the proceeds of the FaceValue2 exhibition are going directly to The Katie Piper Foundation, charity that specialise in helping in the recovery of those of our society have had their own, physical identity altered.
Smith was paired with the Chapman Brothers. The original work is titled... The lisper lisps, the stutterer stutters, the dyslexic disleksiks it. A lithographic print editioned 49/50 measuring 100x68cm with a face value of £1,800
Having used McDonald's as a theme for many years, Jake & Dinos' print was run over by several patrons at a McDonald's Drive Thru.
Adorned with new McTire marks, Smith tore the piece in two, then printed the cause of the altered identity in his signature style on the reverse, then stuck it back together.
Smith is currently exhibiting his Rembrandt's Ruff Ryders series 1-10 at this years Art Basel, Miami with Lawrence Alkin Gallery located at Scope Art Fair, Miami Beach on booth D19.
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Proper Noun: (1606–69), Dutch painter.
Full name Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn.
Noun: A projecting starched frill worn round the neck.
Characteristic of Elizabethan and Jacobean costume.
Noun: A person rydin’ a motorcycle dirty.
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On the evening of Wednesday 15th November 2017, Christies New York auction house opened bids for the last remaining Leonardo Da Vinci painting available in private hands, Salvator Mundi. After 20 minutes of bidding it achieved an eye watering auction price of $400,000,000. When combined with auction fees the buyer had to stump up another $50,312,500 bringing the total sale price to a world record breaking $450,312,500.
In an attempt to quantify this immense sum of money Smith reinterprets Da Vinci's painting at the exact same dimensions in his signature style, resulting in 509 individual colour chips each having a proportional value of $889,945 and 65 cents.
Read more about it here
A few months ago, Nick was invited to collaborate on a project with world renowned makers of fine Scotch single malt whisky, Macallan. Today marks the first day of this project being shared online. Over the coming fortnight, Macallan and Smith will share with you the importance of subtle colour variations, which create the visual identity of a finely crafted single malt.
Macallan wanted to pair with an artist who has a deep understanding of colour and the ability to coordinate this language into beautiful handmade artworks; The choice to work with Smith was an obvious one.
You can follow The Macallan Whisky on instagram to view the project here
The Macallan Double Cask 12 - Collage on paper
The Macallan Rare Cask - Collage on paper
The Macallan Fine Oak 12 - Collage on paper
Nick Smith Macallan Rare Cask Black
Smith was recently asked to collaborate with Skateptych, the Canadian purveyors of fine art skate decks, to produce a limited run of 56 pairs of Canadian maple wood decks. The artwork chosen came from Nick's Paramour show and the piece in question titled 'Intimations' had words taken from John Cleland's infamous, eighteenth century, pornographic novel, Fanny Hill.
Each pair of hand numbered decks comes with a Certificate of Authenticity Hand Signed & Numbered by Nick Smith
Now available exlusively via Skateptych.com
Smith teamed up with Sotheby's Auction House to contribute to their first annual Street Masters collaboration with Fat Free Art gallery in New York. The idea behind the exhibition was to bring together a group of contemporary artists and invite them to reinterpret classical artworks from Sotheby's Master Painting auction on 8th June in New York.
Smith's piece sold on the opening evening.
Smith's artist statement...
"After conducting research into the artwork I chose to reinterpret, I discovered that two brothers are credited with its creation, Agnolo and Donnino del Muzzier. The older brother Donnino was largely unnoticed but tax records showed that he was the brother who recieved the payments for the two brothers joint enterprise, while the younger brother, Agnolo was recognised as a talented artist who conducted much of the work.
This imbalance between work and payment led me to parallel the situation with a story penned by the Brothers Grimm, called The Two Brothers. One brother is a rich goldsmith and the other is a poor broom-maker. The broommaker had two identical twin sons. One day, the broommaker saw a golden bird in the woods, knocked off a feather, and sold it to his brother for a great sum. He pursued the bird again and found a golden lamp. A third time, he brought back the bird itself, and his brother, who knew its powers, that whoever ate its heart and liver would find a gold coin beneath his pillow every night. He had his wife cook it. But his nephews came to the kitchen to beg, and when two bits fell from the bird, they ate them, and the gold coins appeared beneath their pillows.
The story goes on... Having felt that there was a synergy between the two sets of brothers I have traced the story through the artwork word by word under each individually applied colour swatch. As a result close up reading is a must."