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John Noel Smith, b.

United Field Painting I2002

‘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.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions230 x 380 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
Item NumberIMMA.1761
Not on view
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John Noel Smith, United Field Painting I, 2002, Oil on canvas, 230 x 380 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004

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About the Artist

John Noel Smith , b.

Irish painter John Noel Smith (born 1952) studied at the Dún Laoghaire School of Art, before leaving Ireland in the early 1980s to undertake 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 »