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Lydia Smith

1995
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United Kingdom

Lydia Smith, born in 1995, is a multi-disciplined Artist working with historical and contemporary processes to realise her works.

Through her practice, she explores the theme of Human connection which encompasses subtopics, including Ancient History, Technology, Science, and Spirituality. She uses the physical and digital landscape to create sculptures, paintings and NFT’s. Working with the Ancient Material, Clay, She enters a flow state, allowing her concepts to express themselves subconsciously; once complete, using her unique method, her work metamorphoses into the digital realm. These pixilated forms inform the evolution of her process.

Smith was trained in academic sculpture at the University of the Arts London (2014-2017). She also continued training at private ateliers in Greece, Spain and France. Smith’s career regularly involves commissioned work within the British Film industry and collaborations with luxury brands. She has also represented Great Britain in international Snow and Ice carving championships in Switzerland and China. Exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery (2022), Had her first solo show in Soho central London (2022) and co-produced the duo show ‘Soft Spaces’ in New Bond Street, Mayfair (2023).

 

Artist Statement

My work illustrates a dialogue between line and form. Creating geometry inside a physical and digital ecosystem. From my hands to software to my mind, and then back to my hands; a three-way dialogue starts to unfold. My finished works are a balanced expression of this relationship. Their complex simplicity serves as a break of consciousness to the viewer. A stop and a pause.

Throughout this dialogue, my mind is imagining our future as beings, both our spiritual and Avatar selves. I believe sculpture is a physicality that grounds us between these two worlds. Sculpture commands space. It forces the air (real or immersive) to move and flow around it.

Selected Events

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • 2023     CHRISTIE’S The Augusta Galleries – CHRISTIE’S Lates 50 years of Pablo Picasso – 14th September
  • 2023     JOHN REARDON: (AFTER) WHISTLEJACKET – 1st June – 1st July – MMX Gallery
  • 2023     Soft Spaces – New Bond street – 6th -12th March – Duo show with Evie Mae Jacobs
  • 2023     KOPPEL X Group show – 16th -25th March – 48 Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus
  • 2022     The NFT Gallery – Dover Street Mayfair – 15th Dec – 21st Jan
  • 2022     Creative Mason – 14 Bedford Square – Fitzrovia – 12th -30th Nov – The Artist workspace Gallery & Vie d’Artiste
  • 2022     Saatchi Gallery – STart – 13th -16th October – Frieze Week
  • 2022     Future Antiquity – Mayfair – in collaboration with E P O K woman & Hub culture – Frieze Week
  • 2022     Sculpture & Design intersects the Digital World – Mayfair – in collaboration with E P O K woman & WAAW London
  • 2022     Feminine & Form – Solo Show – in collaboration with E P O K woman – Mayfair London – 8th March – 30th April
  • 2022     PAUSE – Solo Show – Thirteen Soho Square London – Soho London – 1st Feb – 10th Feb
  • 2021     London Art Biennale – Chelsea Town Hall – Chelsea London
  • 2021     Tebbs Contemporary Art gallery – Surreal – Virtual Group show
  • 2020    Creativity during a pandemic – Wycombe Art Centre – High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
  • 2020    Longwick Art Fair – Chiltern MS Centre – Wendover Buckinghamshire
  • 2019     Time and Place – Wycombe Arts Centre
  • 2019     Summer Salon – Candid Arts Trust – Islington London
  • 2019     Bucks Art Weeks – Buckinghamshire Open Studios
  • 2018     Daft Arts and Music – Wycombe Art Centre

 

Press:

  • 2023     Lydia Smith: the artist who merges the past and the future through NFTs
  • 2023     BETWEEN TWO DIMENSIONS: A CHAT WITH THE ARTIST LYDIA SMITH
  • 2023     Battling Sexism in the Art World – Medium
  • 2023     Celebrating Women Artists, International Women’s Day Art Exhibitions in London – ArtPlugged
  • 2023     The Art of Web3 – Art & Aperitif – episode with Lydia Smith
  • 2023     Sebs Art list – Soft Spaces
  • 2023     Mayfair Times – March Issue – Soft Power
  • 2023     Audio Galleries – Interview with Lydia Smith
  • 2023     Crypto Cast Podcast – Interview with Lydia Smith
  • 2023     Artists of the East End – Interview with Lydia Smith
  • 2022     Mayfair Musings – 10 QS WITH LYDIA SMITH
  • 2022     Blow out Magazine – Feminism & Sculpture
  • 2022     Art Plugged – A Conversation Between The Digital and The Physical Worlds Through Sculpture
  • 2022     Feminine & Form – E P O K Woman – Mayfair
  • 2022     An Effort Art – PAUSE by Lydia Smith
  • 2022     Sebs Art List – An Effort Presents Lydia Smith
  • 2021     Open Mind Acadamy – We need Art in this Digital Age
  • 2020    Art reveal – Artist Interview (page 104)
  • 2020     UAL’s Graduate Incubation Programme x Lydia Smith
  • 2020     Craft Courses
  • 2019     The business Show – Marlow FM radio
  • 2019     GlotimeTV -A Design for Life
  • 2019     The Guardian -From ‘Game of Thrones’ to loving noses

 

Awards:

  • 2019     GloTIME.tv – The Silver Screen Ball – The Silvia Anderson Award for Creativity
  • 2019     Best creativity – China, Harbin International Snow and Ice Championships
  • 2019     4th Place – China, Harbin International Snow and Ice Championships
  • 2019     3rd Place- Grindelwald World Snow Sculpture Festival
  • 2018     2nd Place- Grindelwald World Snow Sculpture Festival
  • 2017     2nd Place- Grindelwald World Snow Sculpture Festival

 

Residencies:

  • 2022     An Effort – London
  • 2021     Studio Vouzeron – France
  • 2021     Banditto – Tuscany
  • 2021     Eudald Studios – Spain
  • 2021     Studio Vouzeron – France
  • 2019     Eudald Studios – Spain

 

Education:

  • 2021 Mapstone and Vouzeron – ‘Sculpting the figure’ with Grzegorz Gwiazda
  • 2020 Geode Art Space – ‘ Sculpting and painting the figure’ with Eudald De Juana Gorriz
  • 2019 Athens Sculpture Atelier – ‘Drawing in Space’ with Robert Bodem
  • 2018 Mapstone Studio – ‘The alchemy of sculpture’ with Robert Bodem
  • 2017 University of the Arts London – BA Honors Degree
  • 2013     University of the Arts London – Foundation Art diploma

 

Film and Tv:

  • Tomb Raider, 2018
  • The Kid who would be King
  • Game of Thrones, Season 8
  • The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
  • Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker
  • Avenue 5
  • Cinderella, 2021
  • Eternals
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • Lockwood and co.
  • Snow White, 2024
  • The Gorge
  • Gladiator 2
  • House of the Dragon – Season two

 

Public Speaking:

  • 2022 – Frieze week Breaking down data on the representation of female Artist’s – WAAW London x The Twenty Two
  • Private Panel Film, Metaverse, NFT & Art – Mayfair Meet Up
  • Private Panel blockchain, NFT’s, metaverse – Canary Wharf

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