The Molesworth Gallery
 

Blaise Smith

Browne

Fa, a long, long way to run ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

Moving Pictures

November 11th -29th

 

Over the last year or so, I have gone back to my beginnings. When I was in college in 1990 I did some “Test Pictures”, half joking, whole in earnest. The problem then was the same as it is now: If I can paint anything - then what should I paint? Hence the test pictures – I was watching a lot of TV at the time of course, being a slacker student. But it had a kind of sense to it, especially when you consider that one of my favourite painters was (and is) Jasper Johns, who painted the wonderful “Target” and “American Flag”.

So the TV Test Card is a kind of found image. And in a way that helps to give a context to the other paintings in this show. Although they seem like a departure from previous work, I have always tried to paint the everyday, the objects that are seen all the time but rarely observed. In this case, though, the images are often observed but rarely painted. We all spend a lot of time looking at screens, tvs or computers, but these have rarely been painted as they are, with all the trappings and iconography.

Browne

Do, a deer ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

So in a way it seems logical to proceed therefore to other iconic screen images. Thus the Sound of Music is so recognisable it was ideal for this purpose. I was also attracted to the formal construction of each image in the film, often symmetrical. They are very considered by the cinematographer which gives them a sort of stability not seen much these days in a world of handhelds.

The paintings are of the screen idea, hence the black bars at top and bottom, to show that its a screen. Similarly, in the YouTube paintings, the important thing is the interface. It is the icon. The image of the tank for example, is fairly arbitrary, chosen for its beautiful colour harmony.

I am not a photorealist, and I have tried to paint these moving pictures in much the same spirit as I would a plein air landscape or life painting. They are not perfectly painted, there are lots of brushmarks. In fact to me it’s the flaws in the painted surface that make it interesting.

At the same time that I was working on the screen paintings I’ve been exploring slightly varying methods of painting landscapes and figures, some of the best of which are also exhibited here. And of course a couple of wildcards.

Blaise Smith, October 24, 2010

Browne

At the gate ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

BLAISE SMITH - Curriculum vitae

Born, 1967
SELECTED AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS
The Kilkenny Landscape 2000
Roadworks: Cork County Council Centenary Commission 1999
2004 The RHA James Adam Award, artist for future appreciation
2001 The RHA Abbey Stained Glass Studio Award
2000 The RHA Caracciolo Medal
1999 The Arnotts National Portrait Award (2nd)
1998 The RHA Fergus O'Ryan Memorial Award
1998 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, 2010
Weapons, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2008
The Molesworth Gallery, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006
The BP Portrait Award Exhibition, 2003, 2004
RHA Annual show 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997
The Crawford Open, 2000
Boyle Arts Festival, 1998, 2004
Blaise Smith, The Dolmen Gallery Limerick, 1998
PUBLICATIONS
A Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, by Robert O'Byrne, 2010
New European Artist, Edited by Edward Lucey Smith, Bruce Arnold et al., published by Annual Development, Amsterdam, 2001
A buyer's guide to Irish art, Editor Meg Walker, Ashville Media Group 2002

Browne

Dinner ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

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Browne

Outside the office ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

 

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Overture I ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

 

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Overture II ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

 

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The mountains are magnificent ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

 

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What kind of things? ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 54 cm

 

 

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Great meadow ~ oil on canvas ~ 80 x 50 cm

 

 

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Little meadow ~ oil on canvas ~ 40 x 40 cm

 

 

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Tank (Youtube) ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 40 cm

 

 

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Soldier (Youtube) ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 40 cm

 

 

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Aerial view ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 40 x 61 cm

 

 

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Test picture (BBC Child) ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 40 cm

 

 

Browne

Test picture (SMPTE Bars) ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 30 x 40 cm

 

 

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