Ian Rayer-Smith is a Manchester-based artist who is strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters. His large oil and acrylic paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal.
Consisting entirely of brand new works produced within the last year, the exhibition, which runs from 20-29 April at Zari Gallery, Fitzrovia, explores the very act of painting itself and the process of mark making, which has been man’s most basic form of expression for millennia.
“I like my paintings to carry an emotional charge, not only in its subject matter but also through the energy and visceral nature of the materials I use. Soft and amorphous, they accentuate the tactile feel of nature, avoiding any sense of repetition so as to constantly offer something new and surprising ” Ian Rayer-Smith
Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential and Winner of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Prize, Ian Rayer-Smith has been hailed as one of the North’s artists to watch. Although he has exhibited extensively, this is his first solo exhibition in London.
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