Artist Biography - Michael J Smith

Born in 1976 in Southend, Essex, Smith is a young artist with a mature and disciplined approach to his artwork. Son of renowned British landscape artist David Smith, it is no surprise Michael took an interest in painting from an early age. As a child, Smith would often enjoy spending time painting with his farther, who provided invaluable advice and instruction on how to paint.... Yet Smith would go on to develop his own painting style.

During his youth, Smith would visiting his father’s exhibitions and listen to discussions from fellow art enthusiasts, critics, collectors and artists. To this day, Smith find get pleasure in seeing the enjoyment people take from his own work and feels extremely fortunate to have came from artistic roots.

After successfully completing his GCSEs, Michael went on to study Fine Art at Southend College, spending his spare time meticulously perfecting his craft. By the summer of 1994 at the age of 18, he was ready to begin his career as a full-time artist, working alongside his farther in their shared home studio. To this day, the artist still shares a studio with his farther.

Michael’s work is truthful, painted with astounding precision and clarity. While many modern landscape artists can sometimes over-romanticise or exaggerate, Smith’s applied restraint allows the country’s natural beauty to speak for itself. Looking closely, each leaf and ripple is painted with an intense observation, an accuracy rarely seen in modern landscape paintings. This firmly traditional approach has made Smith’s work refreshingly honest and inspiring, each painting a cherished representation of the country’s vibrant and timeless natural beauty.

Michael draws inspiration from the classic English landscape tradition, popularised by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough. Like the work of these classic painters, Michael’s paintings demonstrate a palpable love for the British rural landscape. Rivers are frequently focal points in his paintings, partly for their universal beauty, and partly because they remind him of afternoons spent fishing with his brother and father as a child.

Working in a photorealist style, Smith takes inspiration from his travels, either far and wide or a little closer to home. He has a keen eye for detail, which has allowed him to manipulate the mediums oil and acrylic to perfect his incredibly life-like style. His skill at vanishing brushstrokes, pristine canvases and celluloid finish defies his youth and expresses his modernism in paintings that are traditional in style.

Michael has found incredible success early on in his artistic career. With such a unique style that appeals to a wide variety of collectors, demand for Michael’s work is positively insatiable; his paintings have been known to sell in a number of hours. His work can be found in collections throughout the world, with a significant amount of his work sold to eager collectors in the USA. Michael’s dynamic career continues to reach new heights, making him an exciting and noteworthy addition to the York Fine Arts collection.

Smith shares his techniques and incredible skill with others. After virtual success of his Youtube channel and Facebook page, Smith set up on online art school, due to the overwhelming response from his online followers. Smith believes that everyone can learn to paint using oils but it takes time and practice. By setting up his online art school, he aims to help others learn how to master oil painting, sharing the skills his farther shared with him.
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