David Smith is an Irish artist, just relocated home after 11 years in Hong Kong. He works primarily in painting and occasionally in music and photographic projects. He has recently held solo shows in Ireland, Hong Kong and The U.S. He has participated in the Hong Kong art prize and also in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. His works have been featured in 7 out of 8 International Painting Annuals (INPA) published my Manifest press. Most recently he was a professor of painting and foundation studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Hong Kong before returning to Ireland. Recent exhibitions include The RHA Open, Cairde Visual, The RUA Annual and RUA RED Winter Open in Dublin. Originally from Mayo, he is now based in Co. Sligo.
These paintings depict natural forms and spaces on solid, wood panels. They use the chemical qualities of oil washes to disrupt, dissolve or decay the image surface. Light, space, time and environmental decay play against natural elements. The images exist in a state of flux; location and time are not always apparent. The light, space and forms are shifting, living and dying, displaying a fragile and temporary nature. Influenced by ink painting, abstraction and photography, they aim for a sense of the mysterious and the elemental.