|Blaise Smith ARHA|
Brandon Hill with a farm ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 40 x 67cm
Blackstairs sunset ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 24cm
Sundown on Stook Hill ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 26 x 36cm
Sundown on Stook Hill ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 26cm
Little Kerry Bay ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 10 x 15cm
Black Treacle ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 44 x 36cm
Josephine's bread ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 44cm
New Small Works
December 4th - 23rd, 2015
000"Blaise Smith is an en plein air artist in the truest sense of the term." So says TCD Associate Professor in the History of Art, Angela Griffiths, writing in the winter 2015 edition of The Irish Arts Review. "He is an artist who revels in the challenges and possibilities of representing his immediate surroundings through the medium of paint." But Griffiths also notes the artist's contemporary aesthetic: "He records man's ancient and contemporary interventions in the landscape, including fences, out-houses, roads and stone walls. Ordinarily considered to have little aesthetic appeal, his depictions of work spaces and machinery are paradigms of harmony and control."
000The exhibition also features a series of still lives where the painted image owes as much to colour theory as the observed object. For Smith, as quoted in the IAR, "colour harmony is the endgame of painting".
000Born in 1967, Blaise Smith studied visual art NCAD. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at The Molesworth Gallery, as well at The Hunt Museum in Limerick and Visual in Carlow. He has been selected three times for BP Portrait Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London and has completed several major public commissions, among them "Roadworks", a set of twenty four paintings depicting men and machines of Cork County Council for its centenary. He has won many awards and was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012. He also sits on the board of the National College of Art and Design.
The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne, 2010
the molesworth gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland