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John Noel Smith

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
Dimensions 230 x 380 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
Item NumberIMMA.1761
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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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

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

John Noel Smith

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.

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