A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairytales and folklore, has led Gillian Lee Smith to create paintings and artwork based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present.
These paintings tell the stories of the characters ever present in the imagination of the artist. Puppets and dolls with heart and emotion, women walking the coast searching for long lost souls, characters who throughout their life carry with them a memory or a reminder of times gone by.
The marionette and doll-like figures hint at those emotions and characteristics that we attempt to hide-away when we are wearing a mask and protecting our emotions but the melancholic nature and the objects we carry portray that which we cannot help but reveal.
Decadence and decay, nature and dreams, atmospheric places and the contrasts and complexities of life; all are endlessly captivating and thought provoking.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, Gillian Lee Smith has since been working as a mixed media artist as well as teaching workshops with community groups, more recently coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to her latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.
Heart Gallery is so proud to be showcasing three of Gillian’s original framed paintings for our fairytale inspired exhibition which runs until 08 July; Dreaming Of The Dwelling Place, There Is Always A Flicker Of Hope and Whilst Waiting You Have Time To Dream. We also have a very small handful of limited edition mounted prints and hope to see you soon.