Nick Smith is a contemporary British Artist with a unique visual language.
Smith Graduated from Coventry University with a First Class Masters Degree in Product Design, facilitating his successful career in commercial interior design for 10 years, where his medium of custom colour swatches evolved. Seeking further creative fulfilment, Smith dedicated himself full time to his art. With 3 sellout solo shows, 11 group shows and 20 published print editions, Smith occupies a unique space in the contemporary art world.
Smith’s work marries digital design with fine art, exploring the relationship between audience, image and text. After deconstructing an image, Smith undertakes extensive research to annotate each colour swatch with a word. Evolving from word/colour association, Smith often includes a linear narrative to subvert or support the context of each image, creating an additional layer of information in his work. It is this contextual interplay that engages the viewer with Smith’s thought provoking work, encouraging further contemplation.
PSYCOLOURGY – January 2015 Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
Smith’s debut solo exhibition with Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho, London, launched his unique visual reworking of classic paintings from the 20th Century canon. Universally known works, including David Hockney’s ‘The Bigger Splash’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Soup Cans’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ were all recast, creating original collages that interrogate ideas of depiction, digitalisation and recognition. A sell out show, with numerous successful subsequent print releases, Psycolourgy forged Smith’s path to a place among Britain’s notable contemporary artists.
PARAMOUR – March 2016 Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
Smith’s second solo show with Lawrence Alkin Gallery, saw the artist draw inspiration from classic romantic and erotic literature. Employing his now signature colour-chip technique, Smith infused voyeuristic, intimate, cropped pornographic and sensual nude imagery with excerpts of text taken from the likes of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, John Cleland’s ‘Memoirs of a woman of Pleasure’ and D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’ . The theme of illicit love permeated through the evocative body of work, pairing literature, love and sex in his unique style.
PARLANCE – March 2017 Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
Smith’s third show with Lawrence Alkin Gallery, explored the dialogue between print media and high culture. This body of work drew on a diverse and exciting pool of influence, pairing classic folk and fairytales, popular song lyrics, and interview material with vintage print media. Smith wanted to highjack an existing canvas, continue an existing story and add a new ending. Diverting from entirely pixellated images, Smith introduced CMYK - the universal printing technique in publications, in contrast to his signature custom colour swatches.
Parlance presented entirely pixelated images, tondo half tones, partially deconstructed images and source magazine material, demonstrating Smith’s creative flexibility and desire for constant creative evolution.
MIX WINTER November 2014 - Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
MIX WINTER November 2015 – Shoreditch House, London
SCOPE MIAMI November 2015 – Miami Beach
EMERGING TO ESTABLISHED February 2016 – Krause Gallery, New York
MIX SUMMER August 2016 - SCOPE MIAMI – November 2015 – Miami Beach
EMERGING TO ESTABLISHED August 2016 – Krause Gallery, New York
SCOPE MIAMI November 2016 – Miami Beach
MIX WINTER December 2016 - Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
EMERGING TO ESTABLISHED January 2017 – Krause Gallery, New York
STREET MASTERS June 2017 – Sothebys, New York
MIX SUMMER August 2017 - Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London