Nick Smith x Macallan Whisky

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.

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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

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The Macallan Double Cask 12 - Collage on paper

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The Macallan Rare Cask - Collage on paper

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The Macallan Fine Oak 12 - Collage on paper

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Nick Smith Macallan Rare Cask Black

Nick Smith x Skateptych

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.

Nick Smith x Skateptych

Each pair of hand numbered decks comes with a Certificate of Authenticity Hand Signed & Numbered by Nick Smith

Now available exlusively via Skateptych.com

Nick Smith x Sotheby's

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.

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Smith's artist statement...

"After conducting research into the artwork I chose to reinterperate 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 Grim 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."