Sam Smyth is a UK based artist best known for his hard-edged geometric paintings and collages. Drawing on the ideas of minimalist and post-painterly abstract painting from the 60s and 70s, Sam’s work tends towards being formally reductive but with a strong focus on colour interaction, often employing a vibrant palette.
Sam is drawn to abstraction as a free vehicle for aesthetic exploration and as an opportunity to consider the physical properties of light and the act of looking. Working in series, Sam employs formal organising principles to his work; often pursuing a geometric framework across several works. This can be seen in his square compositions and also in various works in 2 x 3 and 3 x 4 format.
Sam has a graphic approach to painting, using highly pigmented paints and masking areas to create hard edges and bold colours.