Will Smith

 


" 'He took off his clothes and stepped into the picture.'

"This is how a collector’s two year old child reacted to one of my first beach paintings and it confirmed to me that paintings should have a physical effect on the participant, not evoking a memory or nostalgia, but a communication of senses and emotions that are unique to its inspiration.

"The beach offers the figurative painter humanity at its most innocent and exposed, and offers the landscape artist the interfaces of earth, sea and sky in their most active states, reflecting, merging and dissolving.

"Some of these beach scenes are studded with the synthetic colours of man made materials and paraphernalia - for example the menagerie of heraldic windbreaks and parasols that defend countless golden plots.

"The beach is a place where we impulsively become creative and curious again, though the initial intention is to soak in the sun, sand and the sea and relax.

"The overriding emotions I want to convey are of warmth, energy, freedom and natural harmony, but these often belie elements of struggle and danger. The texture and dynamism of the paint surface are critical to the endurance of the painting’s communication."

Will Smith studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. 
 

Exhibitions

2011
The Corner Gallery, Carshalton
2006
Hot Paintings, Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury
1996 - 2006
Hidden Art of Hackney, Annual Exhibition
1989 - 1994
Whitechapel Open, London
1993
Stations Of Akdamar, Gallery Café, London 

  • Azure Lagoon by Will Smith
  • Bathers by Will Smith
  • Bathers Off The Rocks by Will Smith
  • Bathers On The Rocks by Will Smith
  • Beach At Antibes by Will Smith
  • Beach In Asturias by Will Smith
  • Beach Near Ribadesella by Will Smith
  • Beach, Asturias by Will Smith
  • Below The Cliff, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Capo Vaticano by Will Smith
  • Comino Beach by Will Smith
  • Cominotto by Will Smith
  • Côte d'Azur by Will Smith
  • Dahlet Qorrot Bay by Will Smith
  • Dahlet Qorrot Jetty by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Beach & Jetty by Will Smith
  • Ligurian Bay by Will Smith
  • Ligurian Beach by Will Smith
  • Maremma by Will Smith
  • Misty Beach by Will Smith
  • Near Hyeres by Will Smith
  • Nerja Beach Shade by Will Smith
  • Otters 'Fresco' by Will Smith
  • Otter's Jetty, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Saturnia Pool by Will Smith
  • Sunbathing On The Rock Shelf by Will Smith
  • Wading Into Surf by Will Smith
  • White Beach, Black Rock by Will Smith