Small paintings of bright lights glowing against dark seas, or the depths of a forest where things are half-imagined. Chris Smith uses repeating motifs from the landscape to create series of works that signal to each other and the viewer. The signal echo is not concerned with the specifics of place and object, but rather to synchronise with those already partially formed ideas of presence and absence in the landscape of the mind.
Studied painting at Cheltenham College of Art and took an MFA at University of Leeds, Chris Smith was a visiting lecturer at University of Gloucestershire and more recently at University of Leeds. Notable achievements include selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2005 and Jerwood Painting Prize in 2008. Recent solo shows in West Yorkshire include South Square Gallery in Bradford and Ladybeck, Leeds. Residencies include British School at Rome and Hans Brinker Trophy Residency in Amsterdam. Smith practices from his studio in Ilkley.