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Kim Anna Smith

Discover new works of art by Kim Anna Smith available to buy online and in our art gallery. Kim Anna Smith’s multi-disciplinary work documents the human experience. Of Swedish and English-Romani descent, Smith was born in Sidcup and grew up in Dartford. In order to hone her craft she spent a year in the studio of her mentor, the Saatchi-approved fine artist, Rafal Zawistowski. He agreed to take her under his wing after she arrived to his Kensington studio armed with a portfolio bulging with ideas and spent the next 12 months mentoring her. Smith’s creative output is inspired by the rich tapestry of her own life, much of which she has spent entrenched in the music industry. Working in music since the age of 18, she crisscrossed the globe and championed a multitude of performers and their work across the electronic sphere before making art full time. Always one to make her own luck, Smith was one of the original four individuals who started Notion magazine in 2004. Though Smith’s work has generated international interest and is held by collectors worldwide (Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Monaco, Dubai, London), the artist’s home and studio are based in London. Her life experiences alongside the intimacies that music galvanizes, the collective human experience and exploring the vulnerability of the human condition have thus become central themes within her work. A voyeuristic interrogation of desire as it exists within the everyday, Smith’s ongoing bodies of work (Human Nature, [2015-Present], Nothing But Love [2015-Present] and Situations… [2016- present] toy with the notion of gaze and negotiate the relationship between the seen and unseen, the visible and invisible. Preoccupied with the contradictions of self as key elements of the wars within—the battle between good/bad, happiness/sadness, joy/pain, love/violence and all dualities as grayscale in-between. Her chosen materials of charcoal and gold leaf, often found in her work, thus assume a powerful significance in their contrasting effects. “I originally started creating as an intimate response to things going on in my own life, almost like a personal reminder, a mantra – no matter what goes on fight dark with light. The more I thought about it I realised it also felt like an apt retort to everything going on in the world in a wider sense. As a result, making these pieces feels like constant discovery for me.” Smith is also an official ambassador for the David Lynch Foundation of Education based Consciousness and World Peace. She is currently working with the foundation on a new project for young people due to launch soon. To discuss works by Kim Anna Smith please contact deborah@wychwoodart.com, or call 07799 535765.