Fergus Smith, Turmoil, 2019, oil on canvas, 53 x 79cm.

Submitted and selected for the Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition 2019/ 2020 ,Group Show 20 December – 24 January

Opening reception – 20 December at 6pm



Fergus Smith,  Soft Day, 2017 ,oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm.

Purchased by the Office of Public Works, June 20th, 2017, for the Irish State Art Collection .Photographed at the  O P W cross border exhibition  Rathfarnham Castle


Fergus Smith, Emigrant, 2017,oil on canvas, 72 x 82 cm.

Purchased June  21, 2017,by the Department of Foreign Affairs for their International State Art Collection , and is displayed in the Irish Ambassador’s residence in London.


Ode to painting

Working On It

Painting pouring brushes knives

Sponges rags whatever applies

Removing paint to redo

Linking layers the painting through,

Underpainting part exposed

Like memories partly decomposed

Another link to time or place

An eroded shoreline or mountain space

what was what is what might have been

within the paintings is that theme.

Blank Canvas

This blank canvas has naught to say

this new beginning

a fresh foray ,

be it naked or gesso skinned

an oily coat

a painters whim,

some say it’s a cliff face to be scaled

a daunting task

to be assailed,

we walk away to recup

clear the mind

flee the coop,

then not,

just another start

a passing wind. 

untethered fart,

for all practitioners who do endure

that blank canvas

Can be  a hoor.

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