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Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Mike Smalley

Born in Warwickshire, England in 1945, armed with a simple schooling and a love of drawing, he ended up in London working in the world of advertising. Eleven agencies, two continents and four decades later, he left the communications world and went to York University in Toronto to study Fine Arts.

Since leaving York as a painter, Smalley has explored the complexities of abstraction and the highly emotive images that evolve from this process.

The shapes hat emerge from the surface of this work evoke glimpses of this life and his environment, but also carry a strong legacy from a four decade in advertising.

His deep attraction of calligraphy and mark making permeates his work through his emphasis on a visible line and his dedication to follow its connection throughout each work.

There is a strong emphasis on gravity that gradually yields to an integration of disconnected fragments and forms, resulting in a strong expressionistic vista that extends beyond pure abstraction into a rich and complex language.

The Self-Portrait

What are the top 3 songs on your current playlist?

I don’t have a play list… sorry. I only listen to audio books while I paint, and jazz while I drive.

How would you describe the mood in your studio?

Quiet and often desperate

What is your favorite comfort food?

Fish and chips

What time of day do you do your best work?

9:30 – 5:30 …. Everyday

What is your favorite gallery?

Portland Art Museum (I don’t think this is what you mean but I’m not that familiar with private galleries)

Favorite city?

New York

What book is currently on your nightstand?

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Biggest pet peeve?

Bad drivers

Why does, or should, Art matter?

Still the most exciting way to communicate, art has a powerful voice for those who wish to listen.

Abstract Art

Abstract Art is a visual language that does not attempt to represent reality, but seeks to communicate a mood, feeling or message through the use of shape, form, color, and texture.

Other Artworks

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