“So last time we spoke I was about to mount a horse called confidence”. Craig Smith’s paintings are the diary of an explorer, one who traverses the landscapes of popular media and strangers’ faces to the inner realm of personal memory. His works are an intuitive exploration of surface, medium, shape and colour. It is difficult to tell whether form or texture comes first in the artist’s process. For Smith, painting is a process of being lost in the moment. Words like ‘instinct’ and ‘faith’ brush up against his keen observation of the socially clumbsy side of his humanity. His abstracted forms have an uncanny connection to the real but relish their acute ‘Art for art’s sake’ nature. His intuitive, frank and direct approach to image-making is central to the works’ appeal. Smith is a self-taught photographer, set designer and fine art painter. He cites the instinctive moment of finding the heartbeat to a song, and then losing oneself to it, as the reason why he paints.
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – FNB Joburg Art Fair with Kalashnikovv Gallery; Turbine Art Fair with Kalashnikovv Gallery; SUPER SALON, Kalashnikovv Gallery; The Scramble for Africa, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Berlin; 2015 – Act Naturally II, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Johannesburg Art Fair with Kalashnikovv Gallery; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; Review at ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg. 2014 – In with the New at the Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Untitled Extravaganza two person show with Wilhelm Saayman at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg. 2013 – Act/ Naturally solo exhibition at Room Gallery, Johannesburg; The Painter’s Show group exhibition at Kalashnikov Gallery, Johannesburg; Et Al at Nirox Projects, Johannesburg. 2011 & 2012 – Joburg Fringe art event, Johannesburg. 2010 – Group painting exhibition at Artspace, Johannesburg. 2009 – Solo exhibition at Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg. 2008 – Group painting exhibition at Magpie Gallery, Pretoria; Group show at KyK Contemporary, Pretoria.