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 

  • 6pm, St Patricks, Xlendi by Will Smith
  • 7pm, St Patricks, Xlendi by Will Smith
  • Asturias, Red Shade by Will Smith
  • Azure Lagoon by Will Smith
  • Bathers Off The Rocks by Will Smith
  • Bathers On The Quay by Will Smith
  • Bathers, Tropea by Will Smith
  • Beach Below The Cliffs by Will Smith
  • Beach Near Bude by Will Smith
  • Beach Near Ribadesella by Will Smith
  • Beach With Pier by Will Smith
  • Beach, Asturias by Will Smith
  • Beach, Cornwall by Will Smith
  • Beach, Northern Spain by Will Smith
  • Below The Cliff, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Boys On The Shoreline by Will Smith
  • Bude Beach by Will Smith
  • Byron Bay #1 by Will Smith
  • Byron Bay #2 by Will Smith
  • Cala Estreta by Will Smith
  • Calabrian Beach by Will Smith
  • Capo Vaticano by Will Smith
  • Caprisun by Will Smith
  • Comino From Hondoq by Will Smith
  • Cornish Beach, Pink Light by Will Smith
  • Costa Degli Dei by Will Smith
  • Cove, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Frinton Beach Expanse by Will Smith
  • Frinton Beach Panorama by Will Smith
  • Frinton Beach Panorama, Red Sail by Will Smith
  • Golden Bay, Malta by Will Smith
  • Hondoq #4 by Will Smith
  • Hondoq #6 by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Beach #1 by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Beach #3 by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Beach View by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Beach, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Hondoq Jetty Crowd by Will Smith
  • Inland Sea, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Jumping Off The Rock by Will Smith
  • Marsalforn Rock (Last Swim) by Will Smith
  • Marsalforn Rocks 2pm by Will Smith
  • Misty Beach by Will Smith
  • Mud Pool, Vulcano by Will Smith
  • Nerja Beach by Will Smith
  • Nerja Beach Shade by Will Smith
  • Otters 'Fresco' by Will Smith
  • Otter's Jetty, Gozo by Will Smith
  • Otter's Rocks by Will Smith
  • Porthmeor Beach, St Ives by Will Smith
  • Rock Arch, Comino by Will Smith
  • Rock Arch, Comino (2) by Will Smith
  • Shallows by Will Smith
  • Sun Shades by Will Smith
  • Sussex Beach by Will Smith
  • Vega Beach by Will Smith
  • White Beach, Black Rock by Will Smith