Shaun Smyth paintings for sale
Agios Gordios – Greece by Shaun Smyth
Taught by the great Mike Knowles, himself a student of Frank Auerbach
Member of MAFA
What is perhaps most exciting about Shaun’s work is that while some artists stagnate and others sadly exhibit clear signs that their best work is behind them, with both Shaun’s art and his work ethic as an artist you get a strong sense that despite all he’s done, his best is yet to come! But whatever the direction his work takes one thing’s for sure: the North will continue to influence and inspire him.
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter”. To extend Oscar Wilde’s prophetic words, I am of the opinion that every landscape that a painter paints is first and foremost the landscape of their soul and the sum of their experiences. And so it follows that no two painters will interpret a landscape on canvas in the same way. For Shaun Smyth the influence of his northern roots run deep and nowhere is that more evident than in his art. Capturing the ever changing landscape of the North West, is just one part of how his Northern heritage expresses itself through his work.
Shaun’s distinct style embodies the North: large, lively pieces capturing both the countryside and the city; the beautiful and the industrial. He creates landscapes that are boldly chaotic, yet equally studied. His visceral paintings are rich in both texture and depth, unafraid to build up his work using thick layers of paint to add physical depth to the depth he creates with his instinctive feel for perspective.
Movement is ever present in his work, irrespective of the medium he is able to express the concept that even a landscape is never truly still. Whether it be in the branches of a tree moving in the wind, or the changing colours of an overcast sky, the static images he creates convey movement beautifully. Equally the key element of light is expressed skillfully throughout his work by his sometimes bold, at other times subtle use of colour.
Runcorn Hill – Winter Snow by Shaun Smyth Runcorn Hill – Summer light by Shaun Smyth
Shaun’s roots in the North West are firmly grounded.
Brought up in Runcorn, his father worked on the tug-boats that used the Manchester Ship Canal. Currently living in Wigan with his wife, Shaun studied at Halton Art College and then the Wirral Metropolitan College, gaining a fine art degree from John Moore’s University. It was at this time Shaun had the good fortune to study under the celebrated landscape painter, Mike Knowles, whose work has exhibited everywhere from The Walker Art Gallery to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith London and has been commissioned by the likes of Radio City and the Welsh Arts council.This influence can be seen to this day, as Shaun’s art, which although fiercely original, draws on the brilliance of Knowles’ work in many aspects.
His work has been exhibited across the Liverpool and Cheshire area. He has been featured with reference to his work in local newspapers and magazines, whilst wining multiple prizes for his work including the first prize at the Halton Art Open. ( Source David Traves )
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