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Simon Smith Paintings
Simon M Smith has been painting seriously since he was at primary school. His work can be found in many private collections throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. He is also represented in the permanent collections of Manchester Metropolitan University and Kingston University
Simon M Smith studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, the University of Reading, and the Slade School of Art
FAB ART 03 Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University 28 Nov - 5 December 2003

silver prize winner
Single Exhibitions:
'works on paper' Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre Colchester 19 June – 19 July 2007

'the scent of magnolia’ The Wall Gallery Ely
30 October – 24 November 2005

'approaching silence' The Wall Gallery Ely Cambridgeshire 1 - 27 February 2004
Group Exhibitions:
affordable art fair, Battersea Park, London 18 - 21 October 2007

grand designs live, stand E3, NEC Birmingham 5 - 7 October 2007

suffolk showcase Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 29 June – 28 July 2007

cambridgeshire art fair Chilford Hall, Linton 8 – 10 June 2007

summer show Sheridan Russell Gallery, 16 Crawford Street, London, W1H 1BS 29 May – 29 September 2007

affordable art fair Bristol, 17 – 20 May 2007

east – west artists culture club Group exhibition, Light Gallery, London 5 – 10 December 2006

liberte d’expression:

Barclays Global Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London 2 – 8 November 2006
Candid Arts Trust, Islington 9 – 12 November 2006

suffolk showcase Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 8 July – 5 August 2006

FAB ART 05 Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University 25 Nov - 2 December 2005

a fine line Euroart Gallery, Tottenham, London 9 - 20 November 2004

on the wall Olympia Grand Hall, London 29 September - 3 October 2004

FAB ART 03 Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University 28 Nov - 5 December 2003 silver prize winner

Eastern Open 2003 King's Lynn March - May 2003

Eastern Open 2002 King's Lynn March - May 2002

Visual Haiku Peterborough Art House 8 June - 7 July 2001

Eastern Open 2001 King's Lynn March - May 2001

Kettle's Yard Open Cambridge 1 - 30 July 2000

Eastern Open 2000 King's Lynn March - May 2000

Cheltenham Open Drawing 1999:

Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussels
Karl Hofer Gallery, Berlin
European Illustration Collection, Humberside University

Eastern Open 1999 King's Lynn March - May 1999

Drawings for All '96:

Gainsborough's House, Sudbury
Stamford Arts Centre
Chelmsford Art Gallery
King of Hearts, Norwich
De Montfort University, Lincoln
Artist's Statement:
a short statement about my work. I am not trying to say something with my work; the work is in search of itself. It is a response to things both felt and seen, informed by my reading across a range of disciplines: art history, archaeology, philosophy of language, poetry, literature, and the Buddhist teachings of Nichiren Diashonin.Through my work I explore the Buddhist concept of esho-funi: the oneness of life and its environment. Esho-funi is the principle that life and its environment, though two seemingly distinct phenomena, are essentially non-dual; they are two integral phases of a single reality.I am on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and piece of knowledge gained is sifted through my value system to see if it has any potential to help define or redefine my path in life. This search finds expression in my work.When making work I trust my intuition, and encourage chance. I set out deliberately to disrupt established patterns, to take myself by surprise. I listen attentively, and try to recognise and respond to what is given. Much of my work has its origins in blind contour drawings made during the intense contemplation of natural phenomena. I scan or photocopy and collage the results, and these develop into paintings.I am fascinated by the fundamental problems of picture-making, and am conscious that that is what I do. I literally make my pictures: out of fragments of drawings, of layers of paint, tissue and pen. The process of making work is important to me, but I do not think of myself as a process painter. It is during the process of making that meaning emerges.I am interested in making art which discovers or expresses its own meaning, but this meaning is something I then have to respond to. I don’t make the work for its own sake: I want it to teach me how to live.
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