Ian Goldsmith is an inquisitive British portrait artist whose work is held in private collections around the world and although the main body of his work centres on portraiture, he also explores the interplay of light and colour with that subject, but often with a subtle sense of humour. He is strongly resistant to labels that might constrain his work and subject matter and believes that an artists work should reflect who he is at any given time in his life, and therefore have the same freedom to change as the artist himself changes as time passes.
He currently works almost exclusively in oil on panel and has an almost scientific fascination with the elements that make an image, creating and innovating different ways to light his subjects and experiment with colour; continuing the same tradition of exploration in light and colour that so intrigued many artists before him, like Caravaggio or fellow British artist, Joseph Wright of Derby. Goldsmith’s enquiring mind and sometimes childlike awe of the world and universe around him are compelling driving forces that motivate him to represent a truthful and contemporary record of his era.
He also is the founder of the CBPP (Contemporary British Portrait Painters – www.thecbpp.org), a collective of some of Britain’s foremost portrait painters.
His paintings are a plea to the viewer to find the same interest in the subject that the artist has found and Goldsmith hopes that each of these works should go beyond just a mundane representation of the subject and should become a desirable object with an intrinsic longevity that will leave a record of what he’s seen.