Jesse Leroy Smith Leopard 2006 Oil on canvas

Jesse Leroy Smith
Leopard 2006
Oil on canvas
178 x 140 cm
© Jesse Leroy Smith

Jesse Leroy Smith’s paintings explore the subtlety of colour and touch produced by the application of thin washes of oil paint to the canvas surface, giving the fluid spontaneity of watercolour paint. Smith trained at the Royal Academy Schools, London and since moving to Cornwall has explored different forms of mark making such as pouring, burning, sanding, carving and staining. Having decided to use oil paint with a similar economy and urgency to watercolour, he has used his family – particularly his six year old son – as subject matter. His paintings develop through a process of building up and stripping down the relationship between image and surface, resulting in an enigmatic trace that has something of an historic atmosphere.