Ollie Smith artist portrait 600x600

Artist Statement

Making paintings using stencilling with spray paint, brushing acrylics, and pouring epoxy resin. Over the past ten years, I've been bringing together bright, colourful collections of imagery and painting them on canvases, wooden boards and aluminium. My portfolio covers a diverse range of popular culture and everyday imagery, focussing on the language of symbols and play.

The underlying message in my work is questioning ordinary communication and storytelling as a form of therapy—a stream of dyspraxic consciousness in search of meaning and a state of well-being. Culminating in complex combinations of desires and fears that inspire personal interpretation.

My paintings typically start with drawing, where I trace and redraw a wide range of imagery from subjects such as nature, children's toys, wallpaper patterns, comic book thought bubbles or skulls, to name just a few.

Once these images are redrawn, I take the new images into software to adjust the lines and curves of the drawing until they are perfect. Then I can begin painting. Colour is hugely important in my work and begins when the imagery is chosen. Colour choice is somewhat intuitive, depending on the image and how it is placed on the canvas in relation to other subjects already in place. The colours used are usually bold and bright with clean hard-lined edges, with an almost graphic, manufactured feel.

A selection from my catalogue of work uses stencilling of my recreated images, treating them as if they were symbols, communicating a message or story. These images are occasionally simplified and usually painted onto solid-coloured backgrounds.

I typically finish my work in thick layers of clear resin, finding that the resin really makes the colours in the pictures pop, giving the overall effect a factory-finished feel.

More recently, the stencilling of images in my work has been replaced by cutting out using a handheld router. What I like about this unique process is that it is controlled by hand and changeable depending on the development of the work; therefore, you can move and scale the drawings/painting process accordingly. The cutting becomes a drawing process which leaves channels in the surfaces of the canvases, which I then fill with resin.

Original Art by Artist Ollie Smith

Who's Calling, original mixed media painting by artist ollie smith

Who’s Calling

Year: 2024

Height: 45 cm

Width: 45 cm

Your Turn. Original painting by Ollie Smith 123 x 123 cm resin, acrylic and spray paint on board

Your Turn

Year: 2024

Height: 123 cm

Width: 123 cm

In Search of Ataraxia original painting by artist Ollie Smith

In Search of Ataraxia

Year: 2023

Height: 104cm

Width: 104cm

Toy Soldier and Leaf featured image

Toy Soldier & Leaf

Year: 2022

Height: 64 cm

Width: 32 cm

Bomb Butterfly painting featured image painting by artist Ollie Smith

Bomb & Butterfly

Year: 2022

Height: 63.5 cm

Width: 31.5 cm

5 and Jacks painting my Ollie Smith Featured image

5 & Jacks

Year: 2022

Height: 63.5 cm

Width: 31.5 cm

Infinite 8 and Skull

Infinite 8 and Skull

Year: 2022

Height: 63.5 cm

Width: 31.5 cm

Repeat original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Repeat

Year:

Height: 74.5 cm

Width: 59 cm

Digital 8 and Spade

Digital 8 and Spade

Year: 2023

Height: 71 cm

Width: 35.5 cm

Choose an original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Choose

Year: 2023

Height: 71 cm

Width: 35.5 cm

Securing Mortality original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Securing Mortality

Year: 2023

Height: 71 cm

Width: 35.5 cm

Security Beauty Mortality and Fear painting by artist Ollie Smith

Secured For the Journey

Year: 2022

Height: 120cm

Width: 120cm

What to think something to say - original painting by artist Oliver Smith

What To Think Something To Say

Year: 2021

Height: 73

Width: 73

Infinite 8 original painting by Ollie Smith

Infinite 8.

Year: 2021

Height: 130

Width: 130

Joke Uncertainty Laugh and Play. 2022 Painting by artist Ollie Smith

Joke Uncertainty Laugh and Play

Year: 2021

Height: 120

Width: 120

Grunt - 90x90cm acrylic and spray paints, epoxy resin and mirror edge on board.

Lightning Joe

Year: 2021

Height: 90cm

Width: 90cm

Mr30 Original painting by artist Ollie Smithmain image

MR30

Year: 2021

Height: 52cm

Width: 52cm

Bingo original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Bingo

Year: 2021

Height: 90cm

Width: 90cm

Are You OK? Painting by artist Ollie Smith

Are You OK?

Year: 2021

Height: 120cm

Width: 120cm

Skull Gravity, original painting by Ollie Smith

Skull Gravity.

Year: 2021

Height: 61cm

Width: 61cm

Living Too Late Skull #2

Living Too Late Skull #2

Year: 2021

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Original painting 5x5 by Ollie Smith

5×5

Year: 2021

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Skull Place crop 1x1 original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Skull Place

Year: 2021

Height: 61cm

Width: 61cm

Living Too Late Skull #5 original art by Ollie Smith

Living Too Late Skull #5

Year: 2021

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Living Too Late Skull #3 detail 1

Living Too Late Skull #3

Year: 2021

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Living Too Late Skull #1

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Spalding

Year: 2021

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Living Too Late Skull #4 original painting by artist Ollie Smith

Living Too Late Skull #4

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Coke Kick Back. Original painting by Ollie Smith

Coke Kick Back

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

No Doze original painting by Ollie Smith

No Doze

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Zippo 75 Painting by Ollie Smith

Zippo 75

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

Frag #2

Frag #2

Year: 2020

Height: 91cm

Width: 91cm

S-Q-O-T 2019 copyright Ollie Smith

S-Q-O-T

Year: 2019

Height: 90cm

Width: 90cm

No Love For A Tunnel Rat copyright 2019 Oliver smith

No Love For a Tunnel Rat.

Year: 2019

Height: 120cm

Width: 120cm

C-wire #1

C-wire #3

Year: 2018

Height: 80cm

Width: 80cm

C-wire #1

C-wire #1

Year: 2018

Height: 80cm

Width: 80cm

C-wire (center)

C-wire #2

Year: 2018

Height: 80 cm

Width: 80 cm

The FNG

The FNG

Year: 2018 - 2020

Height: 120cm

Width: 120cm