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Ian Goldsmith is an exciting British representational artist. Although the main body of his work centers on portraiture, he also explores other figurative subjects in the same sympathetic manner and often with a subtle sense of humour. He is strongly resistant to labels that might constrain his work and subject matter and believes that an artist's work should reflect who he is at any given time in his life, and therefore have the same freedom to change as the artist himself changes as time passes.
Goldsmith currently works almost exclusively in oil on panel and has an almost scientific fascination with light and shadow, creating and innovating different ways to light his subjects using the same tradition of chiaroscuro that so intrigued artists before him, like Caravaggio or fellow British artist, Joseph Wright of Derby. Goldsmith’s enquiring mind and sometimes childlike awe of the world and universe around him are compelling driving forces that motivate him to represent a truthful and contemporary record of his era.
His paintings are a plea to the viewer to find the same interest in the subject that the artist has found and Goldsmith hopes that each of these works should go beyond just a mundane representation of the subject and should become a desirable object with an intrinsic longevity that will leave a record of what he’s seen.