Stuart Payn, who works under the artistic pseudonym Process Smith, has had a lifelong interaction with the urban environment as both a skateboarder and street artist. Inspired by the materials that make up these spaces, he brings his new exhibition to the City Gallery this January.
The exhibition is a collection of new work that applies the processes and techniques he has developed over his artistic career to the urban aesthete, creating a remarkable collection of work that will appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
Stuart originally trained as an animator and has been a graffiti and street artist for many years. He has also worked with both digital and sculptural art forms. ‘I tend not focus on any particular method. For me it’s all about the idea, and if I need to develop a new technique in order to fully explore that idea, then that’s what I’ll do,’ he explains.
The exhibition centres around Stuart’s relationship with concrete, which as a skateboarder and graffiti artists is an intimate one. ‘In the urban environment concrete is ubiquitous. But as an avid skateboarder my involvement with this material was very physical too – falling off my board and rubbing my elbows across it! However, I’m not restricting myself to concrete; there will be other materials including metal, wood and plastic.’
Concrete Soul sees Stuart refining a philosophy. ‘It’s about exploring how I can develop my personal heritage. I have had years of interacting with and subconsciously processing all this stuff. Now I want to use this experience to radically transform my arts practice.’
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