Nick Smith (b. unknown / England), is a contemporary British Artist with a unique visual language.
His medium of custom colour swatches evolved after a successful 10 year career in commercial interior design following his First Class Masters Degree in Product Design from Coventry University.
Seeking further creative fulfilment, Smith dedicated himself full time to his art. With 5 sellout solo shows, 16 group shows and over 25 published print editions, he occupies a unique space in the contemporary art world.
Smith’s debut solo exhibition with Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho, London, launched his unique visual reworking of classic paintings from the 20th Century canon. Universally known works, including David Hockney’s ‘The Bigger Splash’, Andy Warhol’s ‘Soup Cans’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ were all recast, creating original collages that interrogate ideas of depiction, digitalisation and recognition. A sell out show, with numerous successful subsequent print releases, Psycolourgy forged Smith’s path to a place among Britain’s notable contemporary artists.
Marrying digital design with fine art, Smith’s work explores the relationship between audience, image and text. After deconstructing an image, he undertakes extensive research to annotate each colour swatch with a word. Evolving from word/colour association, Smith often includes a linear narrative to subvert or support the context of each image, creating an additional layer of information in his work. It is this contextual interplay that engages the viewer with Smith’s thought provoking work, encouraging further contemplation.