Wayne Smith has not pursued the conventional path of an artist but rather has reverted back to the tradition of the journeyman artist whose sole intent is to satisfy the clients’ request and expectations. This has led to a diversity of ideas and expressions in his work which are hard to categorize. Depending on the work, his approach is either figurative or semi-abstract and ambiguous, drawing inspiration mostly from natural forms and textures.
Smith studied Fine Art at Queensland College of Art. Graduating in the mid eighties, he pursued studio practice having five solo exhibitions and involvement in a number of group shows. In the nineties he turned his attention to more commercial applications of art practice. Capitalising on the trend towards murals, trompe l’oeil and theming in restaurants, public venues and private homes, he successfully completed numerous large and small scale projects. As that design trend waned he returned to fine art and studio practice, selling artworks through the retail art market. This practice also resulted in numerous commissions for resorts, hotels and private homes.
This body of work is a study of the zone from the hinterland to the coastal edge. The pockets of the previous rural environment are making way for an expanding need for land and contemporary lifestyle choices. The concept of the rural Idyll is challenged by these ironic depictions of country scenes where layers of meaning become fragmented and unclear.These assemblages combine a number of influences and explore novel forms of representation and expression. The material nature of an object or surface combined with image or pattern generates a narrative about time and place with which each individual may engage their imagination to create their own story.This series of works is part of an ongoing body of work started 10 years ago as a means of providing artworks that have a strong conceptual underpinning as well as being decorative and ambient.
Musings: Rural Idyll to Coastal Verge will be on display at Vianta Arts 70 Simpson Street Beerwah from 29th October – 26th November 2017, and will open at 6:30pm on Friday 3rd November. To book a table at the opening call Steve on 0431 730 275. For information on hanging an exhibition at VIANTA email Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org or call.text at 0412936361.
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