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Paul Smith BA (Hons)

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Sculptor Paul Smith BA (Hons)
Paul Smith

About Paul Smith

Paul Smith, drawing inspiration from cave paintings and developing with echoes from the Renaissance overlaid with the wildness and drama of the Highlands of Scotland and the Peak District. Stripping everything down to its element essential, he creates this art form that is all his own.

Exhibition History of Paul Smith

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Oct Cambridge Contemporary Art – “Heavenly Creatures”
2010 Sep Cambridge Contemporary Art - Supernature
2004 June Cambridge Contemporary Art - if you go down to the woods today
2001 July Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire -
“Animalism”

SMALL-GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Bevere Gallery
2015 Cambridge Contemporary Art
2007 June Cambridge Contemporary Art - Telling Tales 2 person show with painter Nicola Slattery
1999 May Ashbourne Gallery, Derbyshire - 2 Man Show

ART FAIRS
1999-2008 Glasgow Art Fair - with the Lost Gallery (April)
2000-2013 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London (except 2004) - with the Lost Gallery and then Hayloft Contemporary Gallery
2008-2013 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol (with Hayloft Contemporary)
2013 Chelsea Art Fair (with Hayloft Contemporary)
2015 Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair, Notts

ARTS FESTIVALS
2015 Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
2013 May Chelsea Flower Show (with `The Sculpture Park`)
2011-2013 Hay on Wye Festival (with the Bowie Gallery)
2009-2010 British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate
2008 July Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (RHS)
2006-2009 Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire (September)
2008-2010 Art in Action, Ireland
2000-2010 Potfest in the Park, Cumbria (July) - (except 2005)
2000-2008 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts (August)
2004 June Earth and Fire, Rufford, Notts
2003-2004 Gouda, Netherlands (May)
2002 May Swalmen and Milsbeek, Netherlands

Biography / CV of Paul Smith

Paul Smith`s Biography
Born: Northampton 1961

1983 Leicester Polytechnic 2:1 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture
1985 Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy (St.Albans) (I have worked full-time from my own sculpture studio since 1998)

Artist Statement of Paul Smith

I am a full-time gallery artist, living and working on the edge of the Peak District National Park. My figurative sculptures re-interpret fairytales and fables for a contemporary grown-up audience. My version of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, for instance, has a modern twist; she is presented not as an innocent victim, but as a confident femme fatale. The style is bold and semi-abstract with graceful sweeping curves and simplified details. I strive for a dream-like and contemplative quality to my work.

Awards and Prizes of Paul Smith

Paul Smith`s
2000 Aug The Derbyshire Prize at the Derbyshire Open
2004 Nov Highly Commended in the Zelli Porcelain Award

Reviews of work by Paul Smith

2010 February - Figurines-Sculpture.com

"British clay artist Paul Smith takes ancient myths and tales, some of which are as old or older than ceramics itself, and weaves them into wonderful and amusing pieces of fine art (see Clay Artists section).

In my opinion I think Paul`s work really stands out. Elsewhere on this site I have written more about Smith and how he fits into the big picture.

Personally, my favourite clay artist is UK sculptor Paul Smith. He is not a studio potter, but produces one off clay art pieces.

They are based on european folk tales as old as the hills and he uses an art form (ceramics) which is older than the hills.

I find them stunning, amusing, simple, telling and beautiful"

Peter Holland www.figurines-sculpture.com

2007 June - Cambridge Contemporary Art
`Telling Tales` - 2 person show with painter Nicola Slattery

"At a time when so much contemporary art is meaningless, self absorbed, visually dull, it is a joy to see the work of Paul Smith and Nicola Slattery. They celebrate a largeness of spirit, an innocence and a delight in the infinite possibilities of being human. This is magical art, pure, humorous and strong. - Sister Wendy Beckett

2004 September - Ceramic Review
Full review of Cambridge Solo Show. Also reviews in Cambridge Evening News and Arts East

"Paul Smith`s art is firmly rooted in the figurative tradition but at the same time goes well beyond representation"

Dr Alan Borg CBE FSA Director of Victoria and Albert Museum (1995-2001)

2002 May - Kensington Times
Pictures and text regarding work at Chelsea Art Fair

"I particularly liked Feathered Friends by Paul Smith. It manages to be both sensual and funny"

Nadia Warner

2001 August - Derby Evening Telegraph
Full Review of Buxton Solo Show

"Few recent solo exhibitors have so completely established a presence at this venue as Paul Smith. It would be difficult to remain indifferent to this show. The most singular distinguishing characteristic is the sculptor`s advanced plastic vocabulary"

John Fineran Derby Evening Telegraph

2001 > Numerous Magazines and Newspapers...

I have carried images of my work including: Country Living, Country Life, The Guardian, BBC Homes and Antiques, Ceramic Review.

Qualifications / Education of Paul Smith

1983 Leicester Polytechnic 2:1 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture
1985 Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy – St.Albans

Price Range of Work

Paul Smith's work has a price range of around £850

Mediums utilised

Paul Smith's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Paul Smith's work is found in the following categories on site:
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes
Wire(Mesh Netting Chicken) Metal Rod or Bar or Tube Sculpture
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Paul Smith's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2005 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2004 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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