"In a world preoccupied with technology, there is something remarkable about painting. It connects us back to man’s earliest and most elemental forms of self expression.

I am not interested in painting something that already exists. My pressing urge is to use paint to explore new forms which will ultimately carry emotional weight. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I may use it as a reference point by which to move from one painting to the next.

 

I am influenced by the Abstract Expressionists - for their emotional rawness and mark making, and also by the Renaissance - for composition, light and movement. Onto these I layer influences from contemporary culture and my own personal experience. I aim to instil a classical feel into my work whilst finding new visual paths, with the result hopefully being an exploration of the purpose of painting itself.

 

I think of my paintings as posing a series of questions rather than providing overt statements or narrative pointers towards any clear kind of answer. There would be no joy or satisfaction in doing that. Instead, the process is more about showing my search for something which, maybe, I hope I’ll never find.

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Screaming Gander Contemporary Art, Manchester. Solo exhibition
         JP Art Consultancy, London. Group exhibition.
         Grafene, Manchester. Permanent solo exhibition
         Galerie Nord, Lille, France. Group exhibition
         Cheshire Art Hub, Chester. England. Group exhibition
         The Soden Collection, Shrewsbury, England. Group exhibition
         JP Art Gallery, Battersea, London, UK. Group exhibition Manchester Buy Art Fair,                   Manchester, UK. Art Fair
         Galerie Nord 49R, Lille, France. Two artist exhibition.
         The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, UK. with JP Art Consultancy and Gallery
         D-Contemporary, Mayfair, London. Solo Exhibition. 'It's Art Call' 2017 Winners show
         Zari Gallery, Fitzrovia, London. Solo Exhibition 

2016 WCAF, Warrington Museum, Warrington. Group show 

         Manchester Buy Art Fair 2016
         GM Arts Prize, Shortlisted Award 2016, Manchester 

         'All is more is nothing' Solo show, Screaming Gander Contemporary Art, Manchester 

         'Neo Renaissance' Fishslab Gallery, Whitstable. Solo show 'Artrooms London 2016,                 International Art Fair
2015 'Romantica' - 40 small paintings, Screaming Gander, Manchester. Solo show
         'Making up for lost time', Stockport Museum and Art Gallery, Stockport/ Gtr                            Manchester. Solo show 

          'The destruction of anything familiar', Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington. Solo              show 

          'Pure Painting' Bar Gallery, London, NW2. Group show 'The Open West' The Wilson              Art Gallery, Cheltenham
          'The destruction of anything famliar' Screaming Gander, Manchester
          'New Artist Fair' 2015, Islington London
2014 'Six Months On' Solo exhibition, Screaming Gander, Manchester
          Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington Musuem 

          'Flabbergasted!' Solo exhibition, Screaming Gander, Manchester
2013 'Synthesis' Festival of Art and Science, Manchester 'Off Kilter' Group Show,                              Manchester 

         'Beautiful Things' Group show, Albert Dock, Liverpool 'BA Hons Degree Show, Media            City, Salford
          '6.3 x 5 (at odds) Joint Show, Piccadilly, Manchester
2012 ‘New Blood’ Group Show, Manchester
2011 ‘WFTL' Group Show, Manchester
2010 GNT Art Exhibition, Solo Show, Manchester Centenary Art Show, Group Show, Salford
2008 Juice Hub Gallery, Solo Show, Bristol 

IAN RAYER-SMITH

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