I’m running a competition on my Facebook page to win ‘ Cuddles’ original painting. Why don’t you pop over and take a look? x
I’m so happy to be able to tell you that 7 of my new designs have been chosen by Calypso cards in America. They are available throughout the US and Canada. Calypso are based in a converted mill in Concord, Massachusetts. And they are very nice people! This is my page on their website. http://www.calypsocards.com/index.asp?FSCat=82&url=IND&iFromFeatured=1&grp=27
As part of the South Pennines project, I made these sculptures of our “South pennines Man” and his dog. There’s 2 of him though! He has become fairly iconic with the area as a drawing, so I decided to make him out of tin. It’s an old biscuit tin, cut and painted, then mounted on a wooden block given to me by a friend.
I was commissioned to illustrate for the Halifax Festival. It had a bit of a bike theme, due to the Tour De France passing through our area. The work went across posters, banners, the brochure, web and all sorts of stuff – even notebooks! I loved doing this.
I was given an old French cigarette tin a while back, and was told “See what you can do with that”. Well, this is what I did. I painted two little ferrets out for a drive, and on the inside, I lettered the word ‘Dreams’ on to the cigarette paper. I’m still waiting to find a use for it though, as its very small.
This chair was found in a skip outside a printers. There are actually two of them, but the other one is my easel chair, but its all falling to bits. I’ve always loved painting on objects in the house, but a lot of the time the paint doesn’t stick properly and peels off, so I learn from my mistakes. This chair is metal and plastic, and so I had to use an acrylic paint to cover the seat and back to begin with. After that, it was a matter of just using my normal paint, as the chair had already been prepared.
I’ve used the two birds because of the final lettering and the story that goes with it. The birds are talking to each other and one of them is a pessimist and the other is an optimist. The bird at the top is saying “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” And the other bird says “We can go anywhere we want to go, we’re birds”. Its a bit like people, we can all experience different things, but some of us choose to stay caged. I thought that writing this on a chair was quite fitting
Press release March 2013
Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular new artwork to encourage visitors to seek out the hidden treasures of the South Pennines.
The giant ten foot map, painted in the Halifax-born artist’s trademark quirky and humorous style, captures the character and charm of the South Pennines – an area of rich and rugged moorland, spectacular hills and colourful towns, straddling the West Yorkshire/Lancashire border. Continue Reading →
This little chap is the first thing that I have ever made in tin, and I have to admit, it was a lot of fun. I suppose every once and a while, it’s good to try something new, and push yourself. Well, I think I may have found a new fave material. Tin rocks. I love that fact that it’s instant, you can leave it out in the rain, it’s pliable and you can wear it, should you be so inclined. I can see a future of easy going Foxes Foxes and Crap Cats on every lapel from here to wherever, and it’s made of tin.
Poet Andrew McMillan recounts the days news – and includes me! It followed on from the Look North article.