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Ollie Smith

Artist Statement

Studied at Camberwell College, Kyoto School of Art and gained an MFA with a first from Bath Spa University.

I've tried many times to explain my studio practice and the explanation seems to depend heavily on the current state of my personal dyspraxia (DCD), this condition can affect social, emotional, and planning/personal organisational skills, things that I’ve struggled with my whole life.

My work tends to play with the viewer’s expectation and their eagerness for meaning, which may reward them with questioning, contemplation, and curiosity.

I like dealing with typical mortal tropes, heavily grounded in the human condition and its essential elements, birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict, and mortality; Ideally, I hope to encourage the viewer into a state of reflection and self-analysis. The relationships between images used in my paintings are not linear in a traditional sense, it is more about contrasting their emotional weight and the affect based on your own experiences.

My own connection with these paintings and imagery used could be more about how I remember dialogue or images. I feel people tend to look for meaning in everything, and ultimately create their own meanings if not provided with sufficient ones, it's essential... We must have meaning.

#Skulls

The "skull" paintings represent an area of exploration about drawing and painting skulls. The skulls are hand drawn using a thick basic line tracing the main structure of the skull, colour and pattern is placed within and around the flat outlines. The #skulls paintings play with layers whilst remaining flat and bold, Text has a role to play too, usually handwritten by the artist. Both patterns and text fit into the confines of the spaces within or without thick black lines used to draw the skulls themselves. Processes are becoming more experimental and beginning to use more layers and finished with clear resin.

Find examples of this work at www.olliesmith.uk

Ollie works from his studio in Bath, UK.

Portfolio

Coke Kick Back

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: April 1, 2020
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,450.00

What To Think Something To Say

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 73cm X 73cm
Completed: February 2, 2022
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,800.00

Living Too Late Skull #2

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: June 29, 2021
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,250.00

Spalding

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: January 21, 2021
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,450.00

Infinite 8

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 130cm X 130cm
Completed: February 11, 2022
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,950.00

Triple 5s

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 90cm X 90cm
Completed: November 9, 2020
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,750.00

No Doze

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: October 25, 2020
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,500.00

5×5

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 90cm X 90cm
Completed: April 30, 2021
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,200.00

I hope this works 555

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 120cm X 120cm
Completed: August 30, 2021
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,850.00

Bingo

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 90cm X 90cm
Completed: September 5, 2021
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,800.00

Are you OK?

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 120cm X 120cm
Completed: March 21, 2027
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,850.00

Frag #2

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: September 18, 2025
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,250.00

Zippo 75

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 91cm X 91cm
Completed: January 15, 2020
Availability: For sale
Price: £900.00

Lightening Joe

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 90cm X 90cm
Completed: September 1, 2019
Availability: For sale
Price: £1,800.00

MR30

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 51cm X 51cm
Completed: September 3, 2019
Availability: For sale
Price: £800.00

Front Towards Enemy

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 51cm X 51cm
Completed: May 1, 2019
Availability: Not for sale
Price: £800.00

S-Q-O-T

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 90cm X 90cm
Completed: April 1, 2019
Availability: For sale
Price: £2,500.00

The FNG

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 120cm X 120cm
Completed: March 2, 2018
Availability: For sale
Price: £4,800.00

No Love For a Tunnel Rat

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 120cm X 120cm
Completed: April 1, 2019
Availability: For sale
Price: £2,000.00

C-wire #3

By Ollie Smith

Measurements: 80cm X 80cm
Completed: March 1, 2019
Availability: For sale
Price: £900.00

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