Yellow and Sienna on Pink
Acrylic on Board
Born in New York, raised in Ireland, Derick Smith initially began a career in design before moving on to chemical photography which resulted in his first solo exhibition in New York (2006). Later, he began to experiment with sculpture and painting after graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2012) and has since exhibited in many national and international group exhibitions. His most recent solo exhibition took place in Dublin’s La Cathedral Gallery (2015) and was also invited to exhibit work at the opening of a new Moscow gallery, Art Baza (2015). Derick’s work is rooted in process and an understanding of the technical aspects of a craft which can be harnessed to open dialogues about the nature of perception
Primarily I think about emergence and about drawing forth something which is unseen. When successful, a form or image can be distinguished which pulls away from the paint. It can absorb your attention for a moment before the illusion fades and the awareness of the physicality of the paint as an object draws you back. It is this dialogue, this toggling back and forth between image and object, this momentary suspension or interruption of the usual mode of perception, which I most readily pursue.