Daniella Smith (born December 26 1992, West London) is a British figurative painter who primarily works with acrylic paint on medium density fiber-board (MDF). She was a student at Kingston University in London from 2011 to 2014. She recently graduated with a BA (HONS) degree in art and design and architecture. Smith has been making art for as long as she can remember. From the age of two, she had a specific wall spot to draw on with anything she could get her hands on, from coloring pencils to mummy’s make up. Both of Daniella’s parents inspire her to follow her dreams and encouraged her to do whatever her heart desires.
Her work explores the ordinary experiences of everyday life. She is driven in capturing fleeting moments and fragmented journeys of everyday people. Everyone has a story to be told. Daniella finds that telling a story through art serves a purpose for humanity.
A believer that memories, recurring moments and storytelling remind us of what it means to be human. When she traveled to Berlin she was so moved by the energy of the culture and people, it made her realized there is beauty in every-day activities such as jogging in winter, commuting on big metal trains and staying at a hotel filled with art.
Witnessing this fresh perspective on travelling, opened her mind and made her critically observe human presence. From there she used her two hour day-to-day commuting experience to London as a subject matter to condition every thought, every action and every motion to convey London’s daily existence.
Her method of working is to create a series of paintings (over 30 or more) related images one after another that enchants us with human acknowledgement and awareness.
She was shortlisted via the Royal Academy of Art for an A-Level Summer Exhibition in 2011. She has exhibited and sold work(s) in London via pop-up shops and in theatre spaces. After completing two degrees at Kingston University, she is working on a range of different art projects and developing proposals for upcoming exhibitions.
For example a project proposal called Re-imaging the Visitors of the Rose Theatre; this is where she will be creating a narrative and producing artworks based on people who come to the theatre and at the swallow café. The aim of the project is to entertain their audiences and encourage artistic expression. She is also preparing plans for solo-exhibitions in Wisconsin and group-exhibitions in London.
Thanks to her mentors and teachers, she continues to thrive on the ethos of ‘Making as thinking’.
Richard Sennett in The Craftsman (London, Penguin, 2009 p.9) notes that craft in any form entails an “intimate connection between hand and head……a dialogue between concrete practices and thinking”.
Besides just making art, she is also interested in philosophy and psychology. She is currently living in US and is happily a newlywed (married name Daniella King. Date: 29th January 2015).