Promoting Cultural Exchange Through Art
John Noel Smith exhibition opening at the Irish Embassy in BerlinOctober 14th, 2019
Born in Dublin in 1952, John Noel Smith attended Dun Laoghaire School of Art followed by postgraduate studies at der Universität der Künste Berlin. He lived in Berlin for twenty-two years where he was an important member of its vibrant art community, returning to Ireland in 2002.
In his paintings, Smith uses the world itself, for example shapes that are present in nature. He explores the idea of connection and disruption, for example, the intersection between the straight line and the line that curls.
Some of his paintings also suggest human marks, such as the swirls and elaborate designs in early Irish illuminated manuscripts, which in turn also embodies and dramatizes human struggles and conflict between tension and ease.
Smith is regarded as one of Ireland‘s celebrated contemporary painters, his work is included in important public, private and corporate collections across the world. He has exhibited his work internationally, since 1980. Some of his work is currently in Galerie Born in Berlin, however to promote some of his new paintings, the Irish Embassy in Berlin will be hosting an opening, where everybody is welcome to experience and enjoy the distinguished artists work.