About the artist
Daniella Ana Smith is a British artist, born in 1992 West London, currently living in London pursing her passion of art and design. Smith uses her everyday experiences and observes other people to create believable scenes. She has exhibited and sold work(s) in Kingston Upon Thames. She was shortlisted via the Royal Academy of Art for A-Level Summer Exhibition in 2011. She continues to make every moment she perceives in order to create a narrative of movement.
Daniella is a British artist, born in 1992 West London, currently living in US and happily married to an American……. Smith uses her everyday experiences and observes other people to create believable scenes. She has exhibited and sold work(s) in London. She continues to make every moment she perceives in order to create a narrative of movement.
‘My design philosophy, foremost is enthusiasm for the subject…
the capacity of making the work seem believable and true is what makes my passion for art real and alive…’
I am interested in the everyday scene(s) that conditions every thought, every action, every motion, every idea, every experience that I encounter communicates my autobiographical impulse. Through my perception and origination of events, I try to create a visual liveliness of fleeting moments and fragmented journeys. Everyone has a story to be told. It is my job to capture the very essence of these quick moments through paint. Every situation we encounter unexpectly starts to reveal a story. Our lives are created through experiences. Experience(s) offers unforeseen actions and unpredictable choices being made every second, every day, every path changes.
The practice drives and engages in these ideas of catching what seems ordinary but interesting. These exchanges evokes storytelling and debate between fact and fiction. I focus on the perception of life and blur our understanding of how we perceive the ‘truth’. Experience is something gained through observation of facts. But then it is my job to modify that reality of events into a series of paintings. The base of the work is derived by motion and narrative. Drawing out from my experiences and using the first person narration allows myself to document human awareness and existence as proof of sharing these similar moments socially.
How do we know what is ‘true’ and ‘what is fiction’? (made-up) Do I actually capture moments that are ‘true’? Memory plays a part into my practice because at the same time i am making up and recalling impressions that were made. I am a figurative painter. I’m driven to catch people doing everyday things. But to capture the very essence of their existence via their clothing, expression or activity.
I’ve created work for non-traditional spaces which communicates my paintings to be convincing. My autobiographical impulse is based on perspective, perception and something that just happen, something I just experience, recurring past memories and re-playing them helps to make my work believable.
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Techne]2 is an exhibition that seeks to explore the relationship between Art & Design, uniting and contrasting works through a shared ethos of ‘Making as Thinking’. The exhibition features a wide range of unique, hand crafted and limited works, as well as digital and performance-based work. *‘Techne’ (τέχνη) is a Greek term broadly meaning ‘craft’ but including aspects of specialist study, applied knowledge and creativity. 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”.
Private View: Monday: 19th May 2014 6 – 9 PM
Exhibition: Tuesday – Friday 20 – 24th May 2014 10 -7 PM
@ The Rose Theatre
Interim Show [Techne]
PV: Tuesday 11th February 06:30 – 10:00 pm
“It’s funny how sometimes the people we remember the least make the greatest impression on us.”
Quote from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Film
Woman with multicolour coat and teal bag series
These paintings demonstrate how I focus on one subject matter (a figure, London commuting) and developed an engagement of painting the human figure and showing movement. I create a blur of abstraction and representation of everyday scenes.
A4 Paintings Acrylic Untitled
These paintings show the extremity of my practice. Figurative and Abstraction = Representation = creating a visual language
Film Effects: 22 Images …..Two Seconds Each…
A4 Acrylic Paintings Colour Grounds
Instead of using digital tools to filter images, I have used traditional method; painting
just like filtering images on photoshop but through acrylic paint
This ways a way for me to understand how to approach paint and what colour palettes I could make.
A lot of experimentation and exploring took place for realisation of laying paint and making convincing paintings at the end.
Woman in Mode A3 2013
Final Works: Faction: Tuesday 17th December 2013
15 A4 Acrylic Paintings
You create the narrative
Be part of that narrative…
Women viewing the world A4 Pencil, 2013
People being Bored A4 Pencil, 2013
Woman looking for something and Man on phone A4 Pencil 2013
Woman on Train Reading A4 Pencil, 2013
Woman with Phone and Book A4 Pencil, 2013
Woman with Phone A4 Pencil, 2013
People waiting for a Train A4 Pencil and Copic Ciao Markers, 2013
Drawing Marks 02
People waiting for a Train Photocopy Print from the back A4 2013
Drawing Marks 01
People Shapes A5 Pencil and Copic Ciao Markers 2013
Drawing Marks 04
People Crop Photocopy Print from the back A5 2013
Drawing Marks 03
People on the platform Pencil and Copic Ciao Markers A4 2013
People on the platform volume one Pencil and Copic Ciao Markers A4 2013
Woman looking for something A4 Pencil and Copic Ciao 2013
Kingston University London Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Student office, Knights Park Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (2011-2014)
[Techne2] Exhibition, BA (Hons) Art & Design & FDA in Art & Design End Year Show, Kingston College, United Kingdom
Interim Exhibition – [Techne] Exhibition, BA (Hons) Art & Design & FDA in Art & Design Students, The Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
EOYS-2013, End of year Show – Ba & FdA in Art & Design, Kingston College, United Kingdom
Interim Exhibition – Old Guild Hall, in collaboration with Kingston First, United Kingdom
My practice revolves around capturing the spirit, the life and movement of every-day experiences. My intention is for my audience to view the painting(s) and relate to them in some way, being part of something that everyone is involved in, day in and day out.
I’m interested in various subject(s) and do not limit myself to subject matter. It is important to capture the very essence and mood of an individual via their clothes, expression and activity. Colour is a huge part of my practice as well as shape, line and pattern.
My practice is developing and continues to engage with identity and experience. The practice is about making convincing paintings. I try to create a visual liveliness. This means bringing something to life. In the near future, I hope to push my practice so that it demonstrates my passion for art and ideas of full of wonder and discovery.
Kingston University London Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Student office, Knights Park Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ (2011-present)
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