Bec Smith Visual Art - Misfit

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

Artist Statement

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.

Biography

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.

Exhibitions

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

Formal Training

  • 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

 

Publications

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

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