Lot 235 - Cheri Smith - Overcast (Snakeskin and Pisanello)
Egg tempera on primed paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Cheri Smith (b. 1991, Essex) currently lives and works in London. Cheri’s works explore themes of animality, embodiment, wildness and strangeness, and are informed by her own detailed observations and dark imagination. She paints with oil, egg tempera or glue distemper onto supports such as canvas, panel and bookcover. Her works intend to illuminate the inherent unknowability of the natural world, and to ruminate on our contemporary place within it. Cheri completed her postgraduate in drawing from the Royal Drawing School in 2018, where she was awarded the Trustees Prize. She received her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. She has been the recipient of residencies at Hanover Grange, Jamaica (2019), Borgo Pignano, Italy (2020), and Dumfries House, Scotland (2022). Her recent exhibitions include It is Better to be Cats than be Loved, Tabula Rasa Gallery (London, 2022), Bookworks, James Freeman Gallery (London, 2022) and Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute (New York, 2021).
2018 Postgraduate Diploma in Drawing, Royal Drawing School, London
2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class, Norwich University of the Arts
It is Better to be Cats than be Loved, Tabula Rasa Gallery
Bookworks, James Freeman Gallery
Chartra, Fortnight Institute, online salon
Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery
Winter Solstice Art, Books & Ephemera, Fortnight Institute, online salon
2020 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - finalist
2019 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize - finalist
2018 Trustees Prize, Royal Drawing School
2012/13 Jennifer Davey Memorial Award for Fine Art 2012/13
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
This work was painted in egg tempera on primed paper. It exists somewhere between still life, landscape and artist study, taking as its starting point a reproduction of Pisanello’s Virgin and Child with Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint George. The placement of a spiraling snakeskin on top obscures and transforms the scene into something strange and new.
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