Jayne Anita Smith/ Jayne Anita Smith

United Kingdom 1958

Fine Art

Jayne Anita Smith
Jayne Anita Smith
United Kingdom

Jayne Anita Smith is a British fine artist known for her paintings and drawings often featuring ambiguous environments populated by with eccentric and odd human figures in overt pain and suffering. Born in 1958 in London, Smith graduated from University College Falmouth gaining a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art in 2009. She is a member of Newlyn Society of Artists as well as of St. Ives Society of Artists.

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Jayne Anita Smith – Fool’s Paradise (Diptych)

Apocalyptic Dreamscapes

Inspired by the imagery from photos, as well as old paintings and drawings, Jayne Anita Smith creates works that connect fiction with layers of reality in order to reflect a world beneath the surface of the reality known to all of us. She explores themes such as the loss of utopian ideals and the failure of modernism to connect with the human condition. Amongst others, the pieces Floating above the Watery Abyss, Heartbeats on White Ground and The Summer the Rot Set in are a reflection of that Jane’s practice. Her apocalyptic dreamscapes are colonized by concrete architectural fabrications of a contemporary world. The scenes of petrified marginal spaces describe the search to reconnect to one’s environment while breaking down the barriers set by the modern world.

She explores themes such as the loss of utopian ideals and the failure of modernism to connect with the human condition

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Jayne Anita Smith – Ersatz

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Situated between consciousness and dream, the scenes of petrified marginal spaces in Jayne Smith’s works are occupied by concrete architectural creations of a contemporary world. Sometimes these places seem to present dense forests or aspects of domestic interiors, such as fine Rococo chandeliers or wallpaper patterns formed from curls, drips, and washes of ink. The character and emotional expression of the figures in Jayne’s paintings and drawings are informed by her reactions to the images of horror and suffering in news media. Wearing period clothing or no clothes at all, these strange semi-historical people are entangled within their environments, struggling to break free. In works such as Threads Re-knitting Themselves, Prop Shaft and Relapse, Jayne explores cultural and emotional displacement in a precariously complex environment.

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Jayne Anita Smith – Walking into memory installation, 2015


Jayne Anita Smith has been included in many solo and group shows. In July 2015, she joined forces with Kate MccGwire and Juliette Losq at Gallery 8 in London for Complicit, an exhibition which offered a place for a series of unique work of these three strong female artists.

Jayne Anita Smith lives and works in Cornwall, UK.

Featured image: Jayne Anita Smith – detail of an artwork
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YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017Jayne Anita SmithCoates and Scarry, Gallery 8, LondonSolo
2016Art CentralHong Kong, Coates and ScarryGroup
2015Context Art MiamiCoates and Scarry MiamiGroup
2015ComplicitGallery 8, LondonGroup
2015Black Swan OpenFrome, SomersetGroup
2015RA Summer ExhibitionLondonGroup
2015Feral AngelPorthmeor Studios, St.IvesSolo
2015Badcocks Small Things MatterTremenherre Sculpture Gardens, CornwallGroup
2014Black Swan OpenFrome, SomersetGroup
2014Wells Contemporary OpenSomersetGroup
2014From There to hereElysium Gallery, SwanseaGroup
2014LiminalLimbo Residency, SouthendGroup
2014Cultivated Evolved Guest ArtistLondonGroup
2014Who are CMRCMR Gallery, RedruthGroup
2014Feral Angel Drawing residencyPorthmeor StudiosGroup
2013LucidBo lee gallery, LondonGroup
2013Suspended SentencesThe Combe, NewlynGroup
2013Fiat LuxTaap Painting collaboration, TruroGroup
2013LethLimbo, TruroGroup
2012Project 2012Mile End Pavillion, LondonGroup
2012RWA Autumn ExhibitionRoyal West of England AcademyGroup
2012Beep 2012SwanseaGroup
2012The other art fairMarylebone, LondonGroup
2012Odds against tomorrowBearspace gallery, LondonGroup
2012The door painting prizeBristolGroup
2011Mostyn OpenLlandydno, WalesGroup
2011PRINTExchange gallery, PenzanceGroup
2011Salon photo prizeMatt Roberts Arts, LondonGroup
2010The Salon Art PrizeMatt Roberts Arts, LondonGroup
2010Threadneedle PrizeMall Gallery, LondonGroup
2010After the End exhibitionElysium Gallery, SwanseaGroup