Cheri Smith

Cheri Smith (b. 1991, Essex) currently lives and works in London. Cheri’s works explore themes of animality, embodiment, wildness and strangeness, and are informed by her own detailed observations and imagination. She paints with oil, egg tempera or glue distemper onto supports such as canvas, panel and bookcover. Animals proliferate in Cheri’s paintings, offering a symboli role while also enacting their own autonomous lives. They scratch and nip with a playfulness bordering on violence. These works intend to illuminate the inherent unknowability of the natural world, and to ruminate on our contemporary place within it.

Cheri Smith completed her postgraduate in drawing from the Royal Drawing School in 2018, where she was awarded the Trustees Prize. She received her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. She has been the recipient of residencies at Hanover Grange, Jamaica (2019) and Borgo Pignano, Italy (2020), and will undertake a residency at Dumfries House, Scotland later this year. Her recent exhibitions include It is Better to be Cats than be Loved, Tabula Rasa Gallery (London, 2022); Bookworks, James Freeman Gallery (London, 2022); Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute (New York, 2021); Winter Solstice 2020 Art, Books & Ephemera, Fortnight Institute (New York, 2020); The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the Mall Galleries (London, 2019), and Best of the Drawing Year at Christies (London, 2018).

It is Better to be Cats than be Loved, Group show, Tabula Rasa Gallery, July 2022



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