Matthew David Smith
"My work focuses around the city and the man made, encompassing areas from design and architecture to the Internet. I’m interested in how the visual stimuli of these subjects can collide to create new simple form. I feel an affinity with the colour field painters of the 50s and have twisted it to hold the essence of our visual urban world.
Along with ideas of popular culture I am also interested in how the mass-produced can be transformed into a unique object. These often computer generated forms insist on the removal of the gesture. By reanimating them into formal painting reintroduces expression. The handmade removes perfection.
There is the element of time in my work through the process of adding and removing. This element in my paintings also reflects the constantly juxtaposition of the city, rising and then crashing back down again, the new and the old."