Malcolm Smith is an artist whose style derives from 1960s romance comics and incorporates bright, bold colours and techniques borrowed from the printing industry. His paintings are dramatic in scope and predominantly feature sultry, flirty and empowered women in a series of situations and environments.
The simplicity of using two parts, the face and hands, allows us to focus more closely on the emotion. To emphasize the strength in which expression is conveyed through facial expression and hand gestures, Smith designates punchy one liners from an array of memorable films to his works.
The Ben-Day dot printing process, where equal sized dots are equally spaced or overlapped, was something that fascinated Smith. Using mostly primary colours (red, yellow and blue) allow the composition of his paintings to stand out. The juxtaposition of function and flesh, cold steel against soft skin and fabric, can be compared to Smith's background in engineering but also convey his idealism of women.
These pieces cannot go unnoticed as they make a strong statement about women and about life, celebrating both with enthusiasm and pizzaz.
Born in Essex, Malcolm studied and practised engineering and architecture in London and Cambridge, all the while longing to delve into his early passion for painting and the arts.
His journey into the arts began with a Montreal career in interior design with an array of projects ranging from nightclubs, offices and private homes worldwide.
Clients impressed by the artistic value of his work asked for commissioned art pieces sparking his earlier passions and allowing Malcolm to enter the fascinating world of fine arts.
Here are a few of Malcolm's Classic Movie Quote series. Additional pieces are available for viewing by contacting the artist.
Even if no longer available for purchase, most of these paintings are available as museum quality, limited edition giclee prints on either paper stock or canvas.