From the Resene News – issue 1/2003
Surface paradise - Large-scale scenic vistas
Fantasy, utopia, painting, concepts of a new age and science fiction are driven together with concentrated effort by Chantelle Smith's artistry to create a pseudo-spiritualised climatic tension. This effort has recently won her the North Shore City Art Award.
Resene acrylic paints are used extensively in her work and a recent Surface Paradise exhibition, selected because of the extension and exclusive colour and product range offered at Resene ColorShops. Artistic research focused on gradients and titles of pinks, greens and greys in Resene colour palettes. Not only do her paintings reflect the hues of Resene, but so do the titles as each utilises the colour names that appear within the canvas.
The Surface Paradise show paintings were expansive - 9m x 3m and 5.44m x 3m painted directly onto gallery walls. Use of such vast expanses draws attention to the complexity of the themes and creates a mammoth vista for the viewer to experience and feel absorbed.
Creating large-scale scenes with unabandoned creativity and confidence is a rare skill. With years of creativity yet to be unleashed, look out for more Chantelle Smith trademark vista experiences.
Artist: Chantelle Smith
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