Born in Farnham, England in 1970, Ian Rayer-Smith spent twenty years in the corporate world. With no formal training or prior experience, Rayer-Smith began painting as an escape. Fascinated by the medium and its possibilities, and after graduating with a degree in visual arts, he has since enjoyed a spectacular trajectory in the art world, attracting the attention of prominent collectors, winning several awards and being featured in various international art publications.
” I’m not interested in painting something that already exists. My urge is to use paint to explore new forms that will ultimately have emotional weight. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I can use it as a reference point to move from one painting to the next.”
Ian Rayer Smith’s paintings have both a visceral and emotional quality. He is currently represented by galleries in London, Melbourne, Paris and Florida.