Mark Elliott Smith is an artist living and working in the UK. He received his BA in fine art from the University of Plymouth in 2006. He has exhibited with galleries in London and the South West of England and has been invited to give workshops and lectures.
In his work he explores the realms of suggestive, enigmatic apparitions, seeing thoughts and ideas as patterns which interact to define the optimum image in new shapes and configurations.
His large abstract canvases are worked in pure colours with vivid, clean edged forms with playful and energetic elements. Paint is laid on flat with a brush to a smooth crisp finish, while a dynamic illusion of three dimensions is created through the placement of form and colour.
Through altering and dramatising the scale of his preparatory, often very small drawings, and representing chance actions in a controlled and deliberate way, the process of painting reveals and amplifies previously hidden information, both visual and psychological, and hints at some kind of narrative beyond the viewer’s conscious grasp.
What is sought is a combination of spontaneity and control; a chaotic precision that extracts and re-presents the lost and found on an epic scale. Likewise, the titles of his paintings, though they parallel rather than describe the work, are precise and are chosen to function as micro-poems analogous to the images as they emerge and are defined.
All work is hand painted by brush with high quality acrylics on canvas.