Sam Smyth United Kingdom
Sam is a Norfolk based abstract painter. He works with highly pigmented matte acrylics to paint and airbrush his compositions onto stretched linen, mixing gradients with hard-edged blocks of solid colour. Sam employs a geometric form of Gestalt design theory as a method of ‘carrying’ the colours that he uses, but interaction of colour is at the heart of the work.
'I take inspiration from the post-painterly abstraction of the 50s & 60s as well as Japanese wood block printing traditions and post-war Japanese art & design. With an interest in science I like to think of abstract painting not only as a free vehicle for aesthetic exploration but also as an activity that supports the study of visual perception and the properties of light.
I studied at Arts University Bournemouth and now work from my studio in Norwich. '