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Artist Statement

Working within the space of drawing as a form of painting I find my process of work is not a calm release of creativity but something more akin to torture, a required but painful process. Exploring themes of Self-deprecation, Existentialism, Depression, Isolation, Pattern and line, Introspection, identity and dark humour my work focuses on creating pieces of work which evoke a reaction from my viewers and attempt to show them a semblance of something honest, something vulnerable.

 

Taking great influence from the comics I aim to cultivate the unique connection available within them, utilizing the disconnection from reality that comes from the movement to a more iconic-esque drawing philosophy which forms, what I call, disconnected connection, dissolving the distance between audience and creator.  It is through this dissolution I hope to upset the hierarchy apparent within contemporary gallery environments and lead to the audience stepping closer to the work behind the work.

Elijah Louis Smith

Elijah Louis Smith is a 2022 graduate of Grays School of Art's painting course. 

They have exhibited with the Society of Scottish Artists as one of their Graduate selections for the 130th Annual exhibtion along with being shortlisted for the Visual Art Scotland's Graduate Showcase. 

They currently reside in the North East of Scotland and continue to work towards exhibitions and creating comics. 

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Previous Exhibitions

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From my 2022 Degree show to exhibiting with professional societies and collectives. 

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