John Smyth OLD

I was born in Fort William, in the Highlands of Scotland, in 1978. I lived there until moving to study at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen in 1996. After graduating, I lived and worked in various places all over Scotland. Recently, I moved to Poland where I continue to produce art work. I am a painter working mainly in oils. The main subject of my work is the human form and my approach to this is naturalistic or realistic. To complement the figures I use Abstract elements varying from simple sheets of colour to textured impasto and decorative pattern. These abstract elements may work simply as a background or may encroach over the figure creating a more dynamic interplay between the abstract and the real. I feel that the contrast between the highly disciplined pursuit of naturalistic figurative painting and the freedom of working with abstraction provides balance in my work on both a visual and conceptual level.