I had a wonderful day yesterday visiting the private view of the ROI's annual exhibition, which I was lucky enough to get work accepted into. It was great to catch up with artists, friends and family there and to see the fantastic artworks that are included in this year's show.
My painting, 'Composition with Blowtorch' was completed towards the end of my academic training and it was so encouraging when the piece was accepted for the show.
I was drawn to this collection of old objects because of their varied textures and the dynamic shapes that could be made with them. While the picture was completed in the studio, I enjoyed pondering on their individual histories and imagined each of them in their 'prime' when they were used every day in busy workshops, on fishing vessels or in factories, how they slipped slowly into obsolescence, redundancy and abandonment, before making their way on strange and varied journeys into my possession and onto this canvas.
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition is at the Mall Galleries, London and runs until 8th December 2019. For more information click here.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.