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acrylic on canvas
Each painting of Inez Smit (1967, NL) is built out of several layers that combine to a multi-dimensional pattern, whether the works are small or large. Sometimes the layers, different in lining, space or colour, follow each other or otherwise cross their paths. Then again they cover one another or seem to melt together. Some of the spaces are narrow, open and transparent, others are big and look bulky. And you may wander between front and behind, as everything in the painting is of equal importance. There is neither beginning nor end. It all seems to be just a fraction of one continuous space with architectural rhythms as a motif.
Smit always starts with a first set-up, which during the following process will have several interventions. Acrylic paint and canvas are the tools, whilst tape and oil paint do give a hand occasionally. The imprint of each former starting point remains visible at least in the texture. Then, according to the painter, an exciting order appears, which does not result from a set plan but out of the process of painting. You just may discover a pattern or repetition, but that is only seemingly so.
Inez Smit graduated 1991 at Utrecht Art Academy and over the years she was exhibited in The Netherlands and abroad. In 1998 she was a Prix de Rome Graphic Art nominee.
Gallery Helder brings contemporary art and design since 2010. Monthly changing exhibitions of one or more artists show painting, drawing, photography, digital presentations, 3-D work as well as autonomous design. The gallery also presents the artists at art fairs in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Gallery Helder aims at work of emerging as well as established artists, be it figuration or abstraction. Their personal engagement and self-reflection are essential, paired with good craftsmanship and the poetic content of the work.
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