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David Smith
An Irish artist based in Hong Kong, David Smith’s work suggests a sense of transience, a feeling of being in a place, yet not in it fully. The subjects are often isolated, cropped or momentary, showing interplay between architectural/man made elements like buildings, tankers, jets and changeable environmental conditions like light, weather and pollution. The processes involved are central to the work, employing washes and the chemical qualities of oil to disrupt, dissolve, shroud or alter a piece. The small scale of the paintings is a deliberate attempt to engage with the polarity of depicting vast, elusive spaces on an intimate scale. The overall intent is to present works that are open ended and spare, in scale, content and treatment. The idea of something or somewhere being empty, shrouded, isolated or suggested is intriguing and works as potential for the audience to fill.