Born in New York (1980) and raised in Ireland, Derick Smith initially began a career in design before moving on to chemical photography which resulted in his first solo exhibition in New York (2006).
Later, he began to experiment with sculpture and painting after graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2012), and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. Derick’s work explores the notion of ‘pure vision’.
When successful, a form or image can be distinguished which pulls away from the paint. It can absorb the attention for a moment before the illusion fades and the awareness of the physicality of the paint as an object takes over. It is this dialogue, this toggling back and forth between form and object, the momentary suspension or interruption which he most readily pursues.