“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” – Shakespeare
Following his debut sell-out solo show in January 2015, visual artist Nick Smith returns to London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery with a new body of work inspired by erotic literature.
Marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, Paramour employs Nick Smith’s signature ‘colour-chip’ methodology, combining modern nudes with excerpts from the Bards’ sonnets and plays.
As well as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Venus and Adonis, the works feature racy text from works by DH Lawrence, John Cleland, EM Berens and Sarah Walters.
Exploring lust, love and appreciation of the female form, Paramour brings classic literature to the modern conscience, telling stories of illicit love through evocative imagery.
Paramour consists of 28 original artworks, including 10 suggestive nudes. Smith explains his move into erotica began in the synonymy with his colour-chip designs and pixels within photography and computer screens. He said:
“Since the days of dial up, when images loaded pixel by pixel and you’d have to wait for the image to slowly form, I was fascinated with how much information was needed to recognise an image. Even with very little detail and viewed from the corner of the eye, it’s possible to see just as much, sometimes more, than when you look at an image head on. Essentially it began as a sort of personal experiment.”
By incorporating the works of literary greats within Paramour, Smith creates a bridge between his last show, which paid homage to iconic masterpieces of the art world.
All images © Nick Smith