Ian Rayer-Smith

Ian Rayer-Smith

Manchester, North West, United Kingdom

About Ian Rayer-Smith

In a world preoccupied with technology, there is something remarkable about painting. It connects us back to man’s earliest and most elemental forms of self expression.

I am not interested in painting something that already exists. My pressing urge is to use paint to explore new forms which will ultimately carry emotional weight. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I may use it as a reference point by which to move from one painting to the next.

I am influenced by the Abstract Expressionists - for their emotional rawness and mark making, and also by the Renaissance - for composition, light and movement. Onto these I layer influences from contemporary culture and my own personal experience. I aim to instil a classical feel into my work whilst finding new visual paths, with the result hopefully being an exploration of the purpose of painting itself.

I think of my paintings as posing a series of questions rather than providing overt statements or narrative pointers towards any clear kind of answer. There would be no joy or satisfaction in doing that. Instead, the process is more about showing my search for something which, maybe, I hope I’ll never find.


University of Salford. Visual Art. BA Hons. 2013


Forthcoming: Cadogan Contemporary, London 10-28 June


2019 Apr. Artis Magna, Paris

2019 Mar. ArtUp, LILLE, Artis Magna

2018 Oct Manchester Art Fair, Manchester Stand 504

2018 Oct The Other Art Fair, London Stand 38

2018 Jun. Chelsea Cross, solo Art Safari, London

2018 March Talented Art Fair, London

2018 March The Other Art Fair, London

2018 June Solo show, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London

2018 Feb-Sept Solo show at Candy Capital Headquarters, Mayfair, London UK

2018 Jan Art Palm Beach Art Fair, USA

2017 Oct Buy Art Fair, Manchester

2017 Aug/Sept D-Contemporary, Mayfair, London. Solo exhibition

2017 April Zari Gallery, Fitzrovia, London. Solo Exhibition

2016 October WCAF, Warrington Museum, Warrington. Group show

2016 September Manchester Buy Art Fair 2016

2016 June/July GM Arts Prize, Shortlisted Award 2016, Manchester

2016 March 'All is more is nothing' Solo show, Screaming Gander Contemporary Art, Manchester

2016 February 'Neo Renaissance' Fishslab Gallery, Whitstable. Solo show

2016 January 'Artrooms London 2016, International Art Fair

2015 October 'Romantica' - 40 small paintings, Screaming Gander, Manchester. Solo show

2015 August/Sept 'Making up for lost time', Stockport Museum and Art Gallery, Stockport/ Gtr Manchester. Solo show

2015 July/Sept 'The destruction of anything familiar', Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington. Solo show

2015 June 'Pure Painting' Bar Gallery, London, NW2. Group show

2015 May 'The Open West' The Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham

2015 May 'The destruction of anything famliar' Screaming Gander, Manchester

2015 March 'New Artist Fair' 2015, Islington London

2014 October 'Six Months On' Solo exhibition, Screaming Gander, Manchester

2014 October Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington Musuem

2014 April 'Flabbergasted!' Solo exhibition, Screaming Gander, Manchester

2013 October 'Synthesis' Festival of Art and Science, Manchester

2013 August 'Off Kilter' Group Show, Manchester

2013 July 'Beautiful Things' Group show, Albert Dock, Liverpool

2013 June 'BA Hons Degree Show, Media City, Salford

2013 May '6.3 x 5 (at odds) Joint Show, Piccadilly, Manchester

2012 April ‘New Blood’ Group Show, Manchester

2011 May ‘WFTL' Group Show, Manchester

2010 September GNT Art Exhibition, Solo Show, Manchester

2010 April Centenary Art Show, Group Show, Salford

2008 April Juice Hub Gallery, Solo Show, Bristol