Bec works with the building blocks of geometry with deep consideration to
position, form and dynamic; each arrangement placed with particular intention.
Mutual Abstraction | Bec Smith & Hannah Fox
Melbourne-based visual artists, Hannah Fox and Bec Smith, present Mutual Abstraction — an exhibition of new paintings emphasising the constructed and organic contrasts in their abstract approach.
Thursday 23 November — Wednesday 6 December 2017
Junior Space, 65 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC
OPENING DRINKS Thursday 23 November, 6 – 8pm
GALLERY HOURS Mon — Closed, Tues — Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm
Bec’s formal design background shapes her visual output, as well as the particular line of enquiry she follows in order to translate her work. An interest in the ‘dynamics between things’: what people say and do, time, cause and effect, duality. Her fascination with people and how they interact with their surroundings is what drives both her art and her career. Through her work as an Experience Designer (UX Designer) she investigates and documents other people’s thoughts, emotions and circumstances so that their needs are translated into an intuitive digital experience. Her art follows the same pattern and her paintings are realisations of actual, and idealised situations. But whether an exchange, an emotion, or an environment, her paintings expose a particular moment in time for how she experienced it.
At secondary school and university I undertook both Art and Design, and have dedicated my whole career to these disciplines. I’ve worked both in Australia and overseas for over 20 years as a digital designer, and during this time I’ve always practiced art. I’ve painted colour-study portraits of my colleagues, co-created an installation for the Melbourne Design Festival, kept visual journals, and painted artworks for friends’ walls. I have always stayed particularly interested in abstract, expressionist, non-objective, and colourfield paintings from the early part of the last century – a natural extension of a designer’s grounding in the early design language of the Bauhaus.
2017 Mutual Abstraction with Hannah Fox, Junior Space Gallery, Fitzroy
2016 Tidy Mind / Punk Heart solo show, Pop and Scott Showroom, Melbourne
2016 Small Works Prize, The Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Belle Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne (See the Belle Arti Instagram feed.)
2007 Beautiful View with Annette Wagner, Melbourne Design Festival, Melbourne
- The Art Room, Melbourne
- CAE, Melbourne
- The Art Academy, London
- Swinburne National School of Design, Melbourne / Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Sunraysia Institute, Sunraysia
2017 Launched Tell Tale Signs with Nikki Stefanoff, an online chronicle of other people’s stories
2015 Paintings displayed in house tour in Apartment Therapy online
2013 Poster art for Man About the House show, Melbourne Comedy Festival