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.
‘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. 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.’ – Ian Rayer-Smith.