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Stephen Smith: Lisbon Drawings 2013

In December 2013 Steve took a trip to the city of Porto in Portugal. The architecture of the city falls down the hill of the old town towards the River Douro Estuary. As the low winter sun cast shadows across rooftops, chimney stacks and ceramic tiles, what started out as interior and exterior studies and drawings in graphite, chinagraph and pencil became a study into capturing the abstract nature of the buildings. The line in this instance became a tool to define the edge of where one shape leads to another and began to define the space between both. As the pages turned in the sketchbook the lines became starker and more graphic leading to the overlapping and layering of scenes in a sequential manner.

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Stephen Smith and Neasden Control Centre

Neasden Control Centre is a studio by illustrator / artist Stephen Smith
Stephen's work spans illustration, typography, interior, motion and publishing. He has published 4 monograph publications with Gestalten, Mu and Rojo as well as contributing to group publications most recently The Age of Collage Art, Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, Gestalten, 2013. He has exhibited site specific installations internationally including More with Less MU, Netherlands, 2010, Now Jump! at Nam June Paik Centre, South Korea, 2009 and Spank the Monkey Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, UK, 2006 where he was one of 3 UK artists selected alongside Banksy and David Shrigley. His work has been supported by the Arts Council of England and British Council Visual Artist Awards. Stephen was invited by Liam Young as artist in resident with the Unknown Fields Division (Architectural Association, London) on a field trip to Chernobyl, the Aral Sea and Baikonur Cosmodrome (Russian Space Centre). He has lectured and led workshops at Universities and Institutions widely including the Semi Permanent Conference and Cal Arts in Los Angeles.