Works on Canvas
Smibert constantly evolves the way that he works, developing new methods through research and study. This is most readily apparent in his abstract works on canvas. Where his 'historic method' watercolours rely on classic technique worked in harmony with the medium, these larger contemporary acrylics require complete abandon to medium, action and process.
The result of a lifetime of painting, Smibert's recent works are innovative and exploratory, applying experience of watercolour to expressive acrylic on canvas. The results are dynamic and uninhibited, with the most recent works strongly reminiscent of not only Chinese landscape and calligraphy, but also the black action-paintings of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.