‘Untitled Field Painting 1’, like many of John Noel Smith’s paintings, is a diptych. Central to the three horizontal sections is the concept of geometric possibilities. The organic flow of the knot motifs in the middle panel is balanced by the controlled geometric forms of the apparently folded paint in the top panel. The dark tones of the lower section conjure ideas of the earth, the section that holds the ‘field’ together.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||230 x 380 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
Irish painter John Noel Smith attended the Dún Laoghaire School of Art before undertaking post graduate studies in Berlin. Smith's abstract compositions are characterised by a robust and deliberate application of paint and the use of motifs, including knots and the Ogham alphabet. Smith returned from Berlin to Ireland in 2002. He has exhibited extensively since the 1980s. A mid-career retrospective of Smith's work was held at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2002.View Artist
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