The Soul of Matter represents an opportunity to introduce Smith’s exclusive series of mixed media works which demonstrates the artists’ careful attention to materials. His practice is focused on the basis that art is accessible to everyone. This new body of paintings explores the materiality of paint as a substance in itself. In so far as possible, references to external concrete objects have been eliminated (with the exception of titles) in an attempt to frame an interaction with colour and form which is not hinged upon comprehension of themes, ideas, or other times or places.
The exhibition aims to stimulate the visitor to engage with colours, their essence and materiality which are featured in Smith’s paintings, works on paper and on clay. All the works were made exclusively for this exhibition and respond directly to the gallery space to create an interaction between the artworks and the surrounding environment which will activate the vibrancy of Derick’s palette inspired by Mannerism masters.
Derick Smith, The Soul of Matter (12th April – 19th June 2022, Luan Gallery, Athlone IE).
The Soul of Matter exhibition, public events and publication are supported by the Creative Ireland, Westmeath County Council and hosted by the Luan Gallery, Athlone Arts & Tourism Ltd.