Mesmerized (from the creatures series)
ANGELA SMITH graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, with a degree in Fine Art Painting. 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 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, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Discerning Eye where she was awarded the Parker Harris prize.
Mesmerized is one of a continuing series of creature paintings. Angela says, “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 paintings of strange creature-like forms start with enamel and gloss paint poured into pools with no preconceived outcome. I am mesmerized 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 creatures are challenging and wilful; free from inhibitions, their attitude is key.”