Oil and acrylic on canvas, brown paper
Original size: 24 x 24 cm
Photographer: Tony Smith
Tony Smith’s practice is based primarily around painting and curating.
He has an interest in the decisions made when constructing a painting which stems from his earlier interests in studio practice and the ‘how’ to make a painting. Using prime numbers and the grid system, an attempt to dictate the aesthetic outcomes of paintings has been made. It is noted that notions of the inimitable and chance within painting methods can be echoed via the random nature and unpredictable occurrence of primes. Paintings are constructed and the work is then wrapped with brown paper, upon which, a geometric grid is drawn, and squares are cut out of the grid 2,3,5,7,11 etc, in order to reveal sections of the painting beneath. This process constructs the composition of the work utilising a system that is reliant on mathematics and scatological arithmetic.
Smith completed an M.F.A. in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002 and he currently lectures in Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University.
In 2005 he curated an exhibition in Liverpool’s Arena Studios entitled The Last Gang in Town which was an overview of work selected from city centre studios that were, at this time, all under threat of closure, and being forced to move to the periphery of Liverpool city centre, due to development, investment and ironically, the imminent arrival in 2008, of Liverpool’s city of culture status. Whilst Liverpool was the capital of culture in 2008, he curated two large and similarly themed exhibitions in Cologne, Germany and Liverpool.