Stephen Smith makes work drawn from conspiracy theory, bit-rot, black holes, psycho-geographic post-traumatic landscapes.
Stephen works predominantly with painting, drawing, print and installation. He uses a process of formal abstraction to deconstruct and reconstruct the form and language of the work. Through this themes, forms and motifs are built up and re-worked over time, with each iteration new works are formed in which the dialogue is in a state of flux.
Stephen Smith's work is characterised by his studio work and larger site-specific installations. His work is known for its multi-disciplined process led hand drawn style within graphic compositions. He has presented his work internationally including; MU - Holland, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art -UK and the Nam June Paik Centre - South Korea. The Arts Council of England and The British Council have supported his work.
“I am particularly interested in the shape, form and nature of mixed material within process and time and how this language informs visual communication. A language that is built up over time and which is often re-worked, by doing so, new contexts and meanings are formed.” - Stephen Smith
He is the founder of Neasden Control Centre. Clients commission Stephen on a range of projects including: editorial illustration, illustrated maps, hand drawn lettering & advertising. This work is one of our favourites and transcends era and demographics so well. His output also includes site specific installation for interiors such as hotels, offices & institutions, motion graphics / animation / music videos, surface pattern design & illustrated packaging. In 2016 he won best design of the year award by Creative Review for his installation at the Royal London Hospital.
Stephen has presented his work internationally including; MU - Holland, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art -UK and the Nam June Paik Centre - South Korea. The Arts Council of England and The British Council have supported his work.