Aly Helyer Dreamlander, 2019 Gouache and tempera on watercolour paper 31 × 23 cm (12 1?4 × 9 in)
The group exhibition, ‘What Kind Of Spirit Is This?’ is the inaugural show at Sim Smith, this exhibition casts a celebratory and inquisitive eye over painting today. Combining original work by nine artists concerned with employing paint to express their own particular narratives, this exhibition centers on the power of painting in the digitally connected 21st century.
Curated by one of the artists on Smith’s roster, David Surman, the exhibition asks the question “Why paint? Who needs painting?” in a world that seems to have evolved so far beyond the medium in terms of artistic possibilities.
The exhibition features artworks from Matijia Bobicic (b.1987, Slovenia), Tim Garwood (b. 1984, UK), Kate Groobey (b. 1979, UK), Aly Helyer (b. 1965, UK), Doppel Kim (b. 1985, Korea), Sandra Lane (b. 1954, UK), Jonathan McCree (b. 1963, UK), Daisy Parris (b. 1993, UK), Mai?a Re?gis (b.1995, France).
Featuring paintings and painted ceramics, the works pursue an array of ideas from the historical and architectural to human existence and identity. The challenges and interplays of paint are seen through visceral brushstrokes in a preoccupation with surface in some works and with subject in others. Some subjects are crudely drawn and almost childlike whilst others dissolve and disappear under layers of texture. Gestural figuration to total abstraction, the paint transforms, delights and teaches us about this new energy in a snapshot of the quality of the painting landscape today.
What Kind Of Spirit Is This? PV is the 2nd May 6 – 9pm Exhibition continues 3rd May – 1st June, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2 – 6pm sim-smith.com @simsmith_
About Sim Smith
Sim Smith is based in Camberwell in a quintessential Georgian townhouse and garden. The gallery supports and promotes artists who are at an emerging stage of their career, championing new talent and nurturing ideas and projects that may not be able to be realised otherwise. The gallery runs a diverse exhibition program showcasing new and existing artists work in group and solo shows as well as off-site projects, collaborations and art fairs internationally.