Mixed media on paper

Image size: 135 x 109cm

Framed size: 174 x 147.5 x 3.5cm

Three recent works by Richard Smith are from his Portrait Series - this of Myron is a huge portrait with icons in the form of dots, and Jo-Anne, an arresting portrait of a young woman (without the icons). These monumental works are not of celebrities, but of existing 'young people who are my friends and whose faces appeal to me', Smith comments. The artist often uses the language of the subconscious and the subliminal when referring to his work, suggesting a deeply personal and intuitive process of art making.

The third work, Minority Retort, is a large-scale combination of portraits of imagined characters, captured through the medium of charcoal, oil on paper collage, soft pastels and acrylic paint. These multi- portraits are sensitive, but and quirky explorations of the human subject, which also speak of Smith's work as a social commentator, and enter into a dialogue with broader social and political issues.

2013 All rights reserved. Origination by Di Conradie.