Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host An Island Disappears by David Smith.
An Island Disappears
These paintings depict natural forms and spaces on solid, wood panels. They use the chemical qualities of oil washes to disrupt, dissolve or decay the image surface. The light, space and forms are shifting, living and dying, displaying a fragile and temporary nature. The dynamic of the work has emerged from travelling back and forth between Ireland and Hong Kong, where I lived for over 11 years.
As nature is further and further hemmed in, dominated and compromised by population, material culture and environmental degradation, this work seeks to create an internal sanctuary,
That reflects this pressure as well as a hope for a new sublime. Influenced by zen, ink painting, abstraction and photography, they play with the mysterious and the elemental.
Previous work in music/score and film has recently come to the fore and has found a form in recent short film, Eó Mughna’s Lament, which was commissioned by The Dock in Leitrim.
David Smith is an Irish artist who works with painting and also film/music works. He has recently held solo shows in Hong Kong and The US He has participated in the Hong Kong art prize and also in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. His works have been featured in 8 out of 9 International Painting Annuals (INPA) published my Manifest press. He taught painting and foundation studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Hong Kong before returning to Ireland in 2016. Recent exhibitions include The RHA Open, The RUA Annual, RUA RED Winter Open and Second Summer at The Dock. His film Eó Mughna’s Lament is currently screening at Cannes Short Film Festival. Originally from Mayo, he is now based in Co. Sligo and is currently artist in residence at The Dock in Co. Leitrim.