Liz Whiteman Smith

Liz Whiteman Smith

she / her
Radlett, United Kingdom

Bio

Liz Whiteman Smith makes affordable, colourful screen prints of fun, colourful playful dinosaurs, dancing booby birds and iconic London buildings and pubs.

Liz is a freelance printmaker and artist, currently living in London. She has been inspired by her travels around the world and is drawn to the quirky and unusual. She creates series of multi layered screen prints, working from her own photographs and drawings. Using colour to create playful images, her aim is to make people smile.

An elected member of the Southbank Printmakers Gallery. She also runs the North London Printmakers group of artists, which exhibits regularly at art fairs and exhibitions. She has work in the Victoria and Albert museum archives.
Liz has organised and exhibited with a group of printmakers at the Affordable Art Fair at Battersea in March and Hampstead in May since 2018.

In 2020, her Ginkaku-ji temple, Kyoto was selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition. This print was also shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. Her prints were exhibited at the FAPDA gallery in Kyoto, Japan in 2019.

She has had work selected for the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers exhibition, The Masters, at Bankside Gallery, London in 2019. Her 7" album covers were selected by The Secret 7" fundraiser on three occasions, and raised considerable funds for charity.

Artist Statement

I make prints to make people smile, I love seeing the reaction people give when looking at one of my playful dinosaurs or colourful blue footed boobies. I created my series of dinosaurs playing sports when I was asked to make some work that would appeal to children. Children love dinosaurs and even the very youngest know the names of the most complicated ones. I felt that the dinosaurs would not have died out if they had had something to do or play with.

When researching for an exhibition to commemorate Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos a few years ago I came across the blue footed boobies who have bright blue feet and display them as part of their mating dance. The brighter blue their feet, the healthier they are and the more successful they are as mates. I took this concept further and combined with my mathematical love of pattern made them even more colourful.

I created a series of London pubs which are much loved by their local community. They are all in beautiful buildings with lovely architectural details and have interesting histories. Our local pubs are the heart of our community, it's time to celebrate them and support them.

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