reENLIGHTENMENT

Peter James Smith

Art Exhibition previously on in Australia. Published by Gallery 101 on Thursday 11 December 2008. Wednesday 18 March 2009 to Friday 04 April 2008. Opening Thursday 19 March 2009 Tues-Fri 10 am till 5pm Sat 12 pm till 4pm.

Paradise Lost X, 2008 image

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Peter James Smith links the culture of science and of human experience, bringing together mathematics and the power of nature in realist imagery that is balanced by strong mark making and text.

Redolent still life and landscape images juxtapose with astronomical, poetic and historical observations in the painted images. Handwritten citations, notes, jottings, diagrams and erasures float on the loosely painted surfaces of stretched linen, paper collage and found pieces which bring a Beuysian sense of the charismatic object. A sunset, a violin, a book of verse, an installation of old bells or delicate Jasperware porcelain provide a resonant foil for the artist and viewer – and create a space for the imagination, for mathematical wonder and contemplation.