Angela Smith graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, with a degree in Fine Art Painting. Most recently she was the winner of the Cass Art Award at the National Open Art Exhibition, which led to her solo show ‘Precarious’ in Islington in late 2018. Previous solo shows include ‘Surface Tension’ at Lacey Contemporary Gallery London in 2016 and ‘The Unsaid’ New Greenham Arts Newbury which was awarded as a prize shortly after she graduated. Her work has been selected for many group shows including The London Group Open (2017, 2015, 2013), The Royal Academy (2012) and The Discerning Eye (2017, 2016, 2010, 2009) where she was awarded the Parker Harris prize.

Artist Statement

The complex contradictions at the core of the human psyche are the central concerns of Angela Smith’s abstracted figurative paintings. Smith disrupts the surface of her canvas, pouring and restricting paint over and over. Paint floods, oozes, trickles and pools, allowing space for unpredictability and the unexpected, seeking a precarious balance between control and chance. This process-based work starts with no set outcome, building up materiality before harnessing it. Angela paints with gloss and enamel, and texture in places is dense. 

Bulges and wrinkles create their own topography, echoing the many psychological layers we construct to conceal and protect our innermost selves. Elsewhere, the finish is a mirror-like veneer inviting space for introspective reflection. The intensely energised subjects are set against a flat, solid, impenetrable ground, enabling scrutiny of these expressive figures with no distractions. Yet although isolated with nowhere to hide they remain resolute and as complex as their surface.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2018 Precarious, The Space, Cass Art Islington, London
2016 Surface Tension, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
2015 The Labyrinth Inside, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
2014 Café Projects, Towner, Eastbourne
2012 Angela Smith and Mark Hall, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire
2009 The Unsaid, The Gallery, New Greenham Arts, Newbury

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Re-Assemble, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
MyArtistsTelescope, online jerwoodgallery.org
Winter, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire

2018

In Suspense, Thrown Contemporary, London
Mainly Abstract, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire

2017

National Open Art Winners’ Show, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, London
National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
The Group Show, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
Winter Warmer, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London

2016

Signed and Numbered, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Discerning Eye Prizewinners, Triforium, Temple Church, London
Collaboration, Studio 53, Salisbury
The New Immortals, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2015

The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, London
Heads, Studio One Gallery, Wandsworth, London
Summer Show, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
The London Group Draw II, The Cello Factory, London

2014

Reality Departure, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
Chinese Whispers, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
Chinese Whispers, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven
Seams, Hoxton Arches, Shoreditch, London
The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
inside/out, Studio 53, Salisbury
East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
20 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2013

GROWTH, Karin Janssen Project Space, London
The Open West, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
The Open West, Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge
The London Group Centenary Open, The Cello Factory, London
Box Set Show, bip-Art, Brighton
Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London

2012

Bite, Mall Galleries, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
Ludlow Open, Ludlow College, Ludlow
Bodies, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys, Wales
Miniatures, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2011

Cork Street Open, 27-28 Cork Street, London
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
Print, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire

2010

The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
Penang International Print, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Malaysia
artWorks Open, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London
East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire

2009

Postcards from Dystopia, Nolias Gallery, London
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, Berkshire
Cork Street Open, 28 Cork Street, London
Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London

2008

In Common, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury
Twelfth Annual Graduate Festival, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
Canterbury Art Fair, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury
Sefton Open, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Fine Art Painting Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton

Prizes and awards

2018 Awarded Highly Commended in the Rise Art Prize
2017 Winner of Cass Art Solo Show Award, National Open Art Exhibition
2016 Awarded an a-n Professional development bursary
2014 Shortlisted for The Tribe Prize, Edgar Modern, Bath
Shared Space Residency, Blue Monkey Network
Shortlisted for the IR11 Painting Prize, Edinburgh
2012 Shortlisted for stage 2 of John Moores Painting Prize
2009 The Parker Harris Prize, ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London
2008 Winner, ‘In Common’, Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury

Publications

2017 Discerning Eye, National Open Art, The London Group Open
2016 Surface Tension solo
2015 The London Group Open
2014 Angela Smith @ Lacey Contemporary, Paint Like You Mean It 
2013 The Open West, The London Group Open
2012 Front cover a-n magazine May issue, Oriel Davies Open
2011 Cork Street Open
2010 Penang International Malaysia, fringeMK Annual Painting Prize
2009 Cork Street Open

Education

2005-08 BA(Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton
2003-05 BTEC Diploma Art Foundation, City College Brighton & Hove

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