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Powers of air

by Adrian Smith

Betwixt and between describes the way in which I feel about my artist place in society…

…Spiritual yet Earth bound creating pictures which embody earth, time, space and fusion - a timeless interaction of the elements. To see beyond the immediate into the timelessness of the infinite.

My pictures are un-repressed moulded from the very landscape of Cornwall. I attempt to show my appreciation for natural beauty - and to try and feel for the diversity of all life forms which have their homes here. Increasingly I am drawn to the pagan roots of my being - embracing the soul of the landscape and the energies contained within.

My pictures are created out of personal enjoyment - when the spirit moves my tools of paint, canvas, brush and knife move as intermediaries in the fixing of transitory image

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Born Marshfield in the Cotswolds 1946 – Adrian trained at the West of England College of  Art, Interior Design Department, studying Heraldry. Interior Design and Calligraphy. He has exhibited at a number of Galleries including the Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Mall London.

Adrian has also had a life long-time interest in Long case antique dial restoration and has also exhibited his paintings at the Penzance Arts Club, Morvah School House, St Elwyn’s Church, Hayle, The Roundhouse and Capstan Gallery, Just Fine Arts, St Just, Out of the Blue Gallery, Marazion, Davison – Thomas Fine Arts, Penzance and the Lander Gallery Truro. A former civil servant now retired, he describes his work as “exciting – painting seascapes and landscapes in an Impressionist/abstract style encapsulating Cornish light and life whilst still maintaining the originality of the subject”.

The development of his artistic style has taken place over many years. It has now become more fully established since moving to Cornwall and being able to concentrate “full time” on painting.
Adrian lives at Tremorran, Botallack near St Just with his partner and three cats in a former tin mine Captain’s House where he has as open studio. Largely self taught in regard to his ‘painting’ he has a wide and diverse experience of life.
His paintings have sold consistently of late. A signwriter, gilder, calligrapher restorer, now concentrating as an “en plein air artist” painting pictures without the constraints of financial concerns or other pre-occupations.