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Painter Sam Smyth

Sam Smyth is a UK based artist best known for his hard-edged geometric paintings and collages. Drawing on the ideas of minimalist and post-painterly abstract painting from the 60s and 70s, Sam’s work tends towards being formally reductive but with a strong focus on colour interaction.

Sam is drawn to abstraction as a free vehicle for aesthetic exploration, and as an opportunity to consider the physical properties of light and the act of looking. Working in series, Sam employs formal organising principles to his work; often pursuing a geometric framework across several works. This can be seen in his square compositions and also in various works in 2 x 3 and 3 x 4 format.

Sam has a graphic and methodical approach to painting, often incorporating digital processes into his workflow but nonetheless placing a high value on the technique and craft of art making, employing vivid treatment of colour by using highly pigmented paints and carefully masking areas of the painting to create hard edges.

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