West Norfolk Artists Association

Paul Smith



Artist's Statement

After graduating from an Australian University with a fine arts degree in 1995, I moved to London and launched my career with a sell-out exhibition at a top Mayfair gallery.

Unfortunately that’s about as far as my career got, and decades in commercial graphics followed, mostly in the cosmetics industry, but now I’m fortunate to be able to live in Norfolk and discover new inspiration from Norfolk’s big skies, evocative shores, and so much more. I believe that the county has a quiet and subtle beauty that is quite unique.

The first thing you’ll notice may be the corrugated stuff. Why? Well, Monet kept painting Rouen cathedral, Cézanne couldn’t stop returning to his mountain, and I just can’t get enough rust and corrugated iron - except of course it’s plastic, fabric and paint. There is no risk to your furnishings!

Not everyone notices that distressed metal and rust can be very beautiful, and when it is represented as a covering, barrier or fence, it becomes exciting and mysterious. And that is a bit of a theme with my paintings - what is going on beneath, above, below and through my architectural arches, city skylines - and fences.

Then there are the enhanced paintings. Quite a lot of the works are conventional oil paintings but, just as I like representations of rotting metal, which is added to a lot of the works, there is also quite a lot of painted fabric. So when some drapery looks so convincing that it is flying out of the painting or seems as if it is real, then maybe it is. Please look closely.

I’m also happy to discuss commissions, so if something catches your eye but you’d be interested in a different version to your specification, please get in touch. I’m not proud!

Contact Paul Smith through his website

Web: paulsmithart.com

Some more examples of Artwork