ANGELA SMITH

ART WORK


The unsaid. The hidden. The awkward.

The exposure and concealment of vulnerability is central to ANGELA SMITH’S practice. She is  particularly interested in suppressed emotions and the anxiety and tension this evokes. Angela’s paintings often contain figurative elements, but don’t aim to illustrate reality. Instead they are a response to veiled, obscured and disguised feelings.

As we grow we learn to mask disquiet and external signs of vulnerability and to promote a tougher less permeable exterior. A protective layer can develop into one of constraint, inhibiting true interaction and honesty. I seek to reach, expose and embrace this hidden place.

Angela paints primarily in enamel and gloss, often poured on to the canvas which is then tilted to create sinuous shapes. Forms emerge and are contrasted with bold solid areas of colour. Paint is layered to create a lustrous shine and intensity of colour. Surface is important varying from an impenetrable flat sheen to sags, wrinkles and furrows. Strong bold colours and a high gloss finish are the antithesis of the fragile vulnerability which is central to the paintings. However, they reflect the confident veneer in which we cloak our innermost feelings. Containing, but allowing glimpses to the unsaid, the hidden and the awkward.

Click here to view a short video documentary on Angela’s work

  • All Ears, Angela Smith
  • Mesmerized, Angela Smith
  • Petulant, Angela Smith
  • Sanctuary, Angela Smith
  • Eyeful, Angela Smith
  • Bated Breath, Angela Smith
  • Guardian, Angela Smith
  • Masquerade, Angela Smith
  • Composed, Angela Smith
  • Firecrack, Angela Smith
  • Double Take, Angela Smith
  • Tenderfoot, Angela Smith
  • Stoic, Angela Smith
  • Treasure, Angela Smith
  • Spectator, Angela Smith
  • Softly-Softly, Angela Smith
  • All Set, Angela Smith
  • Angela Smith, Red Eye
  • Angela Smith, Ruminate
  • Angela Smith, Mouth Piece
  • Angela Smith, Featherweight
  • Angela Smith, Assured
  • Angela Smith, Brink
  • Angela Smith, Dogmatic
  • Angela Smith, Protector
  • Angela Smith, Reflection
  • Angela Smith, Sidestep
  • Angela Smith, Braced
  • Angela Smith, Torn
  • Angela Smith, Captive
  • Clandestine, Angela Smith
  • All Ears, enamels and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Mesmerized, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Petulant, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Sanctuary, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 120x93cm, 2016, £1900
  • Eyeful, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Bated Breath, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Guardian, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Masquerade, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Composed, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 92x62cm, 2016, £1400
  • Firecracker, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Double Take, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Tenderfoot, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Stoic, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • Treasure, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 92x92cm, 2016, £1750
  • Spectator, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 118x93cm, 2016, £1900
  • Softly-Softly, enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2016, £500
  • All Set, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 93x120cm, 2016, £1900
  • Red Eye, Enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2012, SOLD
  • Ruminate, Enamel and gloss on canvas, 44x44cm (framed), 2012, £500
  • Mouth Piece, Gloss, Enamel and Oil on Canvas, 91x61cm, £1400
  • Featherweight, Gloss, enamel and oil on canvas, 135x90cm, 2012, £2000
  • Assured, Gloss, Enamel & Oil on Canvas, 44x44cm, 2014, £500
  • Brink, Gloss, Enamel and Oil on Canvas, 140x78cm, £1900
  • Dogmatic, Gloss, Enamel & Oil on Canvas, 44x44cm, 2014, £500
  • Protector, Gloss, Enamel & Oil on Canvas, 151x101cm, £2200
  • Reflection, Gloss, Enamel & Oil on Canvas, 151x120cm, £2700
  • Sidestep, Gloss, Enamel and oil on Canvas, 98x78cm, £1500
  • Braced, Gloss, enamel and oil on canvas, 151x101, 2011, £2200
  • Torn, Gloss, enamel and oil on canvas, 122x91cm, 2011, £1800
  • Captive, Gloss Enamel & Oil on canvas, 90x81cm, 2014, £1400
  • Clandestine, gloss enamel and oil on canvas, 92x92cm, 2016, £1750

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EDUCATION:

2005-2008 BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton
2003-2005 BTEC Diploma Art Foundation, City College Brighton & Hove

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

2016 Awarded an a-n Professional development bursary
2014 Shortlisted for The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
2014 Shared Space Residency, Blue Monkey Network
2014 Shortlisted for the IR11 Painting Prize, Edinburgh
2012 Shortlisted for stage 2 of John Moores Painting Prize
2012 Front cover of a-n magazine, May issue
2009 The Parker Harris Prize, The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
2008 Winner, In Common, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON SHOWS:

2015 The Labyrinth Inside, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
2014 Café Projects, Towner, Eastbourne
2012 Angela Smith and Mark Hall, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
2009 The Unsaid, The Gallery, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Collaboration, Studio 53, Salisbury
2016 The New Immortals, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2015 The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, London
2015 Heads, Studio One Gallery, Wandsworth, London
2015 Summer Show, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
2015 The London Group Draw II, The Cello Factory, London
2014 Reality Departure, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
2014 Chinese Whispers, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
2014 Chinese Whispers, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven
2014  Seams, Hoxton Arches, Shoreditch, London
2014  The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
2014  Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
2014  East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
2014  inside/out, Studio 53, Salisbury
2014  20 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2013  Growth, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
2013  the open west, Newark Park touring to Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
2013  The London Group Centenary Open, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London
2013  Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London
2012  Bite, The Mall Galleries, London
2012  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2012  Ludlow Open, Ludlow College, Ludlow
2012  Bodies, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
2012  Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys, Wales
2011  Cork Street Open, 27-28 Cork Street, London
2011  The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2011  Print, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
2011  East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
2011  Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
2010  The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
2010  Penang International Print, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Malaysia
2010  artWorks Open, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London
2010  East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
2009  Postcards from Dystopia, Nolias Gallery, London
2009 The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
2009 Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
2009 Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London
2008 In Common, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury
2008 Fine Art Painting Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton