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Phil Smith

Mid Devon in Summer

Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, £130
2012

Devon Wood 2011

Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, £180
2012

Abstract in blue and yellow

Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, £120
2012

Primordial

Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, £140
2012

Andalucia

Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 71 cm £120
2012

Sunset 2011

Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 70 cm £240
2012

Australia

Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 61 cm, £550
2012

Green and yellow.

Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, £450
2012

Abstract in red and white.

Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, £120
2012

Abstract in bronze.

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, £350.
2012

Abstract in red.

Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, £350.
2012

Abstract 2011.

Acrylic on canvas, 78 x 51 cm, £450.
2012

Seated nude.

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, £95.
2012

Abstract in red and yellow.

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, £140.
2012

Abstract in red, green and yellow.

Acrylic on canvas, 31 x 31 cm, £125.
2012

Homo erectus.

Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 46 cm, £390.
2012

Puente La Reina - on the route to Santiago de Compostela.

Acrylic on canvas, framed 43 x 36 cm, £475.
2012

Isola Superiore dei Pescatori.

Acrylic on canvas, 42 x 34 cm, £550.
2012

Isola Superiore dei Pescatori.

Ink on paper, framed size 51 x 40 cm, £425.
2012

Beach, Isle of Wight .

Ink on paper, framed size 47 x 37 cm, £350.
2012

Porrera, Priorat, Spain.

Ink on paper, framed size 36 x 30 cm, £425.
2012

Boulogne, May 2006.

Ink on paper, framed size 32 x 32 cm, £350.
2012

Saxophonist.

White acrylic on black acrylic on paper framed size 56 x 46, £160.
2012

Phil Smith

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Phil Smith

I have been painting since about 2006, and am largely self-taught. I work mainly using acrylic paints on canvas, usually abstracts or semi-abstract landscapes. I also use ink on paper for more detailed studies of buildings or people. I am interested in capturing the essence of a place in black and white, or using abstract colour to convey moods and feelings about landscapes, either real or imagined.

Most abstracts start with paint applied directly to the canvas. Areas of paint are worked with spatulas, paint brushes, rollers or even grout spreading tools. I also add paint from syringes and dropper pipettes. Many of these paintings are multi-layered and are worked on until something emerges. I rarely know what I am looking to achieve, it is simply an exploration of colour and form. Titles are given to works after they have been completed, often many weeks later.

Many of my abstracts take a while to appreciate - they tend to grow on you for weeks or months after first hanging them. I am always surprised by the difference it can make to a painting to go from propped against the foot of the studio wall to being hung - that transformation is partly what makes painting exciting. Once hung a painting starts to interact with the room it is in, initially dominating (if it is a large one) but over the next few days it integrates into the room and settles into its new home. After that it catches your eye every now and then and you know you have found the right place for it.

Our house is open to visitors who would like to look at my paintings and those of other local artists that we have collected over the years. Please ring 01363 776581 a day or two beforehand.  If you like a painting but are not sure if it would suit your house I am willing to lend one for a week.