Victoria Smith

Acrylic | Mixed media | Collage

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Victoria was born in London and raised in Norfolk and Somerset, settling in Warwickshire when she married in 1993. Influenced and encouraged by her grandmothers in particular, Victoria has been painting, drawing and potting for as long as she can remember. It was after completing a degree in Environmental Science that she began to play with the ideas that the materials in the world are neither made nor destroyed but rather moved and rearranged, by both the hand of man and through natural processes. This led to the use of reused papers to express the relationships between time, place, person and the written word in her collaged artworks. Drawing on the practices of the Dadaist and Surrealists of the 20th and 21st centuries Victoria uses a variety of techniques to create her artworks, from the importance of use of the ‘cut’ to reflect the pain of emotional, mental and physical pain to the careful use of existing perspective and light on pre-used papers to create new realities and interactions. Victoria has had her works selected and sold in Open exhibitions at galleries such as the Herbert Gallery Coventry, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists gallery, the Leamington Art Gallery and Museum and the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. She has also exhibited widely over Warwickshire, taking part in numerous Open Studio events. Victoria’s husband works in Risk Management in the Corporation of Lloyd’s.