Working primarily in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media, Tony Smibert’s art reflects three great traditions: the Golden Age of British Watercolour (1750-1850), Zen minimalism and Abstract Expressionism.  His mastery of historic watercolour is seen in his unique standing as a Visiting Artist Researcher at Tate Gallery, the home of British Art, while the minimal landscapes reflect a very similar credibility in Japan - where he remains one of few western artists ever invited to create a signature range of high fashion yuzen kimonos.

The most recent acrylics have few visual precedents – aside from Abstract Expressionism- but arise from a different source, which is the ongoing study of Aikido that informs his capacity to work with energy and freedom on a very large scale and his interest in the Taoist art of China.