ARTIST:

David Brian Smith

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David Brian Smith
Great Expectations - Wow, 2010
Oil on herringbone linen
180 x 150 cm

“I come from a farming background, in Shropshire, where my father was a shepherd,” David Brian Smith explains. “My mother found the picture of the Shepherd tending his flock in a newspaper from the 1930s. I’ve made several paintings from this image and have enjoyed using the subject of the shepherd because of my autobiographical relationship with it. I use the image to jump between different styles of painting and arrive at new ones. At first I was concerned about repeating the use of the shepherd, but there are so many possible variations of the image that I can explore. Each time I can reinvent the space, light and palette within the picture. I paint on herringbone linen because of its association to rural heritage, to flat caps and tweed jackets. I work on one canvas at a time, and this allows me to delve into and create a world around me. The life-sized scale is important, it makes me feel like part of the scene I’m painting, I hope the viewer has a similar experience.”

David Brian Smith
My Soul Hath Them In Remembrance And Is Humbled In Me II, 2011
Oil on herringbone linen
180 x 150 cm

David Brian Smith
Gainsborough Farm, 2014
Oil, Silver and gold leaf on herringbone linen
180 x 300 cm

David Brian Smith
Great Expectations - A Windy Day, 2015
Oil on linen
220 x 270 cm

David Brian Smith
Ant Hill, 2015
Oil and gold leaf on linen
280 x 220 cm

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