‘In a world preoccupied with technology, there is something remarkable about painting. It connects us back to man’s earliest and most elemental forms of self expression. I am not interested in painting something that already exists. My pressing urge is to use paint to explore new forms which will ultimately carry emotional weight. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I may use it as a reference point by which to move from one painting to the next.’
Influenced by Abstract Expressionism for it’s emotional rawness and mark making, and the Renaissance period for composition, light and movement, Ian Rayer Smith paints with a contemporary and distinctive selection of colour and brushstroke. Works of pure thought and visceral emotion result from his spontaneous yet considered approach.
‘I think of my paintings as posing a series of questions rather than providing overt statements or narrative pointers towards any clear kind of answer. There would be no joy or satisfaction in doing that.’