David James Smith
'I remember, as a child, having a strong inclination to put the putty-like toy Play-Doh in my mouth. Gloss paint, by its nature, has that same pseudo-edible quality for me.
I want to make paintings that invite the viewer to ask ‘How were those made?’ and also to make paintings that look like edible foodstuff: cakes, ice cream, boiled sweets, desserts... anything that appears palatable and enticing.
The process of making my paintings employs pouring household gloss paint onto MDF board to create a brush mark free, highly reflective surface. The support is pivoted to allow the paint to 'creep' and roll down in undulating waves, resulting in a composition that explores the seductive possibilities of surface, colour and form.'
Smith is a practising visual artist, multi-instrumental musician, and composer. Graduating from Camberwell College of Art with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Painting in 2005, he has participated in several group exhibitions in London, USA, and the south coast. In 2006 he had his first London solo exhibition at Rocket Gallery.