Jayne Anita Smith
Situated between consciousness and dream, the scenes of petrified marginal spaces are colonized by the architectural fabrications of a futuristic world. An apocalyptic scene that bears silent witness to our failures and repressed memories, they reference our search and subsequent failure for a new way of living, a utopian ideal, in response to the pressures on contemporary living from the effects of climate change, exploding population and shortage of planet resources.
Jayne’s work focuses on the paused moment, the instinctive space where we search for something ‘more’, as a reaction to the restraints placed upon us as individuals by a culturally commercialised and plastic contemporary world. They set out explore the loss of utopia and failure of modernism, asking the questions: What was it we might have hoped? What was the world we thought we could have?
Originally from London Jayne now works from her studio situated just outside Penzance, Cornwall. She graduated from University College Falmouth gaining a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art in 2009.
Jayne is a member of both Newlyn Society of Artists and St. Ives Society of Artists.
2012. Selected BEEP Wales International painting competition. Through tomorrow’s eyes. Swansea
2012. Odds against tomorrow, Bearspace, Deptford. London
2012. Shortlisted for The Door Painting Prize at The Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
2011. Selected for Mostyn Open, Llandydno, Wales
2011 Selected for Salon Photo Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London
2010 Selected for National Open Art Competition Chichester.
2010 Selected for Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner street, London
2010 Selected for Threadneedle Prize, Mall Gallery
2010 Selected for FringeMK painting competition.
2010 Selected for ‘After The End’ group show, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2009 Selected for National Open Competition Chichester.
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