Artist Statement

Studio Angela Smith

The contradictions between the way we look and the way we feel are central to my practice. I pour and disrupt paint over and over again, seeking a precarious balance between control and chance. My three-dimensional paintings range from fully abstract works with taught distended skins full of heavy coagulated paint to strange creature-like forms.

Each painting starts with gloss paint poured into pools with no preconceived outcome. I am mesmerised by the way the paint floods, oozes, coils and dances as it falls. Bold strong colours bleed, repel and collide to create unpredictable and unexpected reactions. The pressure of gravity combined with the tilting of canvases begins the formation of shapes and contours. I build layer after layer creating surface tension, which varies from mirror-like smoothness to highly textured wrinkles and furrows.

Containment of paint is important in my abstract paintings. The sculptural protrusions may look fragile and ready to burst but they are strong, encasing their innards in an impermeable outer shell. This enveloping signifies the shielding of emotions and the masking of anxiety and unease. Providing a place of safety to listen, watch, consider and contemplate. However, on occasion, the structures will fail in their making, paint slumps, and partially escapes leaving a deflated skin and traces of strength behind. This transparency is at the forefront in my creature paintings, whose subjects feel no need to take shelter. They are feisty challenging and wilful; their attitude is key. Free from inhibitions they embrace their faults and imperfections.

Bio

Angela Smith graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, with a degree in Fine Art Painting. She won 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 at 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 (2022, 2012) and The Discerning Eye (2017, 2016, 2010, 2009) where she was awarded the Parker Harris prize.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2022 Angela Smith and Caroline Pick, Nu Artists, Gallery 207, Lewes
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

2022
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Yoolysees, Electro Studios Project Space, St Leonards on Sea
Spring, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire

2021
Back to Nature project, Full Frontal, Debenhams storefront, Eastbourne
Endangered Species of Another Kind, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire
Nu, South Street, Lewes, East Sussex

2020
Winter, Thrown Contemporary, London
Endangered Species, Modern Artists Gallery, Berkshire

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
S
igned 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
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Bite, Mall Galleries, 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

2021 Outdoor art commission by Full Frontal Eastbourne
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