Colour, Surface, Light
Riverside Studio | October - December 2018
In preparation for the Sauerbier House artist in residence program, Smith arrived with a number of agendas. These included exploring landscape and place, the use of acrylic paint and the possibilities of joint creative intervention. Connections and contrasts to his home region of North Wales and particularly the place of Llanfairfechen, (the original name of Sauerbier House), created a compelling platform from which to generate a body of responsive work.
Working at Sauerbier House for the focussed and uninterrupted residency, the Ngangkiparri River and the Willunga Basin facilitated a new departure in Smith’s painting. Visual exploration evolved from ‘looking at’, to a focused studio based enquiry, assimilating experiences of being on, moving over and thinking about place in relation to making.
Although familiar with his home national park landscape, the challenge to respond to the unfamiliar colours, shapes and light experienced around Sauerbier House and the surrounding areas has this set in place new directions for his practice.
The final canvas based works demonstrate a shift in Smith’s painting language to show new levels of vibrancy and expressive application.
Painting on small and large stretchers, on the floor and wall, and at all times in series, (working on all paintings at the same time), the conclusive ‘scapes’ have evolved as a definitive statement on Smiths experience of place through colour, surface and light.
Exhibition dates: October - December 2018
Exhibition venue: Sauerbier House, 21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga SA 5167
Image credit: Onkaparinga Series, 2018, Acrylic, 13 x 16cm. Image A Smith.