Venue: St John's Chapel, The Butts, Belper DE56 1HX
Clay Smith - Abstracts.
Partly an exploration of 'mark making', and the discovery of new ways of trying to communicate through abstraction. I have always been attracted to abstract painting, but have always painted either figuratively or as a representation of something or other (that never really felt appropriate for some reason). It is just recently whilst exploring the basics of mark making, that I have come across a way of painting that allows me to be spontaneous, active and quick, using materials such as plaster and oil. Without the mess of 'trying', I can simply just paint. This allows me the freedom to create/make imagery that reflects the mood and emotional environment of myself and of my surroundings. My most recent works are created on very large canvases, using natural materials such Red Ochre and Walnut. I'm currently planning creative 'explorations' in Jordan.
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