Brendan Smith RI
I have drawn and painted for most of my life.
Combining looseness of execution with sound technique, works are usually developed from black and white studies, plein air sketches and photos. Watercolour is my favourite medium but when the subject demands more detail, depth and solidity of colour acrylics, oils or gouache may be used.
I like to cover as broad a range of subject matter as possible including people, landscapes, townscapes, marine and aviation but all based on my personal experience. Whatever the subject or medium I always seek to create a sense of light and atmosphere, and a feeling of human involvement with the scene.
I have exhibited for several years with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. I was honoured to be elected as a member of the RI in 2022. I regularly participate in exhibitions near my home in Surrey and undertake occasional demonstrations and one day workshops for local art groups.
My painting 'Sunset, Ventnor' won the Escoda Barcelona prize for an outstanding landscape at the 208th RI Open Exhibition in 2020 and 'London Sunrise' won the Schmincke Award for an outstanding painting at the 209th RI Open Exhibition in 2021 .
My acrylic painting technique was the subject of an article in the Painters Online e-newsletter and two articles published in 'Leisure Painter' magazine (November/December 2017). My article 'Gouache in the Garden' was published in 'Paint', the magazine of the Society for All Artists in July 2020.
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