FINALIST IN THE WYNNE PRIZE FOR 2016.
TRACEY-MAREE SMITH'S WORK SITS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN SOLID ROCK AND FLUID WATER. HER MANIPULATION OF PAINT AND CANVAS IS HARD AND PHYSICAL YET THE EXPRESSION OF EMOTION IN COLOUR AND LINE IS EPHEMERAL.
THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO PORTRAY OUR EMOTIONAL REALITY AND THAT WHICH LIES BENEATH—OUR RAW, EXPOSED HUMANITY—THE SPECTRUM BETWEEN DESPAIR AND ELATION LAID BARE.
OUR EMOTIONAL LANDSCAPE AND THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE, CONSTANTLY IN A STATE OF FLUX, ARE INTRINSICALLY TIED. THEY SIT TOGETHER ON CANVAS, A MOMENTARY SNAPSHOT OF OUR CURRENT STATE OF BEING.
TRACEY, LIKE MOST ARTISTS, WORKS IN A STUDIO THAT IS SEQUESTERED FROM HER HOME, HER CHILDREN, HER REDHEAD BEACH LANDSCAPE. IT IS SIMPLY A SHED, OUT THE BACK, THAT YOU SNEAK UP TO FROM A NARROW, PLANT ENCROACHED, SIDE PATHWAY. IT SEEMS PEACEFUL AND A SUITABLE APPROACH TO WHAT ONE MIGHT FIND IN A MOVIE, ABOUT AN ARTIST. YOU MIGHT THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE EASELS AND PAINT BRUSHES, LOVELY IMAGES OF INSPIRATION STUCK ON THE WALL. BUT NOT IN HERE.
HERE YOU ARE PRIVY TO BIG CANVAS, LARGE TINS OF PAINT, SMASHES OF PAINT ON WALLS AND FLOORS (LIKE YOU'VE STEPPED INSIDE A POLLOCK) AND DISCARDED SCATTERINGS OF INDUSTRIAL PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, FACE MASKS, EXTENSION CORDS AND HER PAINT BRUSH. AN ELECTRIC HANDHELD SANDER. THIS IS WHERE HER HARD, INDUSTRIAL PROCESS BECOMES A BLURRED REALISATION OF CANVAS AS SCULPTURE, AND SCULPTURE AS CANVAS AND THE ARTISTS OWN PHYSICALITY IS INHERENT IN THE WORK.
HER EMOTION AND REACTION TO ENVIRONMENT, AS AN EXTENSION OF HER PHYSICALITY LIES HERE TOO, BENEATH THE PAINT, BENEATH THE OBVIOUS. LOOK CLOSER, AND YOU'LL SEE A UNIVERSE BEHIND THE LIMITATIONS OF THE FRAME.
1988–1989 BA Communications Newcastle University1989-1992 BA Arts (Graphic Design) Newcastle University1992-1995 Graphic Designer Peach Advertising, Newcastle1994 Award School Sydney1995-1996 Graphic Designer Horniak & Canny, Sydney1996-2002 Director, Founder and Creative Director/Design satellite ink2002-2004 BA Arts, Visual Arts Newcastle University2013 Artist, Mum and freelance graphic designer
Finalist in the Gosford Art Prize 2017, Finalist in the Wynne Prize 2016, Finalist in The Gosford Art Prize 2016, Solo exhibition Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle NSW, Australia.2015 Joint exhibition The Production Hub Newcastle NSW Australia.2015 Joint exhibition Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle NSW Australia.2014 Finalist (top 30) in Saatchi Art 'Showdown' competion 'In Glorious Colour'.2013 Solo Exhibition Truevision Gallery Redhead2011 Joint Exhibition Tyler Gallery, Islington Newcastle2003 Group exhibition Newcastle University Watt Space Gallery
Featured on: http://artaffair.com.au/2016/07/14/tracey-smith-finalist-wynne-prize-art-gallery-of-nsw/Featured on: http://www.hunterhunter.com.au/newcastle/house-perv-tracey-maree-smithArtist: Tracey SmithExhibiting at Truevision Gallery until the end of April.Charming interpretations of Australian landscapes encrusted with warm dialogue are revealed at an ambient gallery in Redhead at present. Tracey Smith, who has a background in graphic design, shows a substantial and strong collection of large acrylic and mixed media works.Deep hues applied in large splodges and wide arcs are ensconced in a multitude of layers only to be partially exposed as the art making process evolves. Paint applied in this physical nature exhibits a delightful arbitrariness, a happy gathering of random and expressive marks.Balanced against an abstracted view of rustic scenery are satisfying ethereal qualities. Fresh, clean surfaces in Blue Pearl Bay and Untitled expose opalescent traits in both colour and depth. In unique contrast is Finches at Knorrit Flat. Delicate characters are exposed creating intrigue. Juxtaposed against an aged patina, this delightful art work suggests the weathered environment exists through renewal.Graceful moments are appreciated in this captivating exhibition. Communication between the artist and materials is apparent. The final effect is a high quality body of work depicting Australia’s environment both emotionally and intuitively.To discover an inner world within ourselves and our being is more than an observation for this artist. The subconscious and conscious mind is a driving force with Tracey on many levels. Her awareness/ desire for learning and hopefully discovery is a process within her art. The revealing of what lies below is more than a fascination; maybe it’s an obsession. Physical body management is also a vital aspect for her as with the mind .A spiritual person at heart has much to do with Tracey’s approach to art. The surface directs the viewer to one interpretation, however we know there is so much more beyond that plane. She seeks the spirituality of a place or landscape which transcends to her painting.Colour or it’s subtle use is her intended approach. There is almost a reversal of it’s use and application. Consequently it is under played. There is strength of colour and tone but it is used spacially and texture is never too far away!Discovery and the novelty thereof is as a result of a sanding back process Tracey has developed. We are often presented with gems within. Highlights of intense colour against a field of toned variation.Tracey Smith is an artist who becomes immersed in her painting and the moment of development. The viewer and owners of her art receive a warmth almost a glow which is a feeling of emotion. This is Tracey at work with her art emitting an aura, mood and atmosphere.Please follow this individual artist. She retains a spiritual light which we can all benefit from, a peace of mind is the culmination.
Aida Tomescu. Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock.