Fergus is a Dublin born painter who as a mature student achieved an Honours Degree in Fine Art, Painting at the National College of Art and Design graduating in 2017.
Using the genre of landscape, he identifies the erosion of the landscape , to memory loss, as recall becomes uncertain, part remembered, changed , like erosion, altering slowly, deteriorating over time . Smith uses a pouring technique to begin with, followed on with rags, knives and brushwork. The resulting artworks imply something unusual but recognisable.
The realist paintings became a more common part of his website, during the Coronavirus lockdown. escaping via a virtual tour of Ireland using source materials like photographs , found images ,and memories.
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 the theme.
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 recoup
clear the mind
flee the coop,
just another start
a passing wind.
for all practitioners who do endure
that blank canvas
Can be a hoor.
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Fergus Smith – Painter