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The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush. The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush.

The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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DERICK SMITH<br />

Ireland<br />

Born in New York, raised in Ireland, Derick<br />

Smith initially began a career in design<br />

before moving on to chemical photography<br />

which resulted in his first solo exhibition<br />

in New York (2006). Later, he began to<br />

experiment with sculpture and painting after<br />

graduating from the National College of<br />

Art and Design, Dublin (2012) and has since<br />

exhibited in national and international group<br />

exhibitions.<br />

His most recent solo exhibition took place in<br />

Dublin’s La Cathedral Gallery (2015) and was<br />

later invited to exhibit work at the opening of<br />

a new Moscow gallery, Art Baza (2015).<br />

Primarily I think about emergence<br />

and about drawing forth something<br />

which is unseen. When successful, a<br />

form or image can be distinguished<br />

which pulls away from the paint. It<br />

can absorb your attention for a moment<br />

before the illusion fades and the<br />

awareness of the physicality of the<br />

paint as an object draws you back.<br />

In his paintings: Magnesium on Blue 1, 2 &<br />

3, an attempt has been made to create the<br />

impression of solidity and form, through the<br />

interaction of the paint with itself. Within the<br />

drips are contained micro universes which<br />

are offered as invitations for the viewer to<br />

interpret as they so wish.<br />

Smith’s pondering of emergence and the<br />

unseen recalls the overall theme of the Acrylic<br />

Melody initiative, music and its very essence:<br />

(physical) untangibility.<br />

www.dericksmith.ie<br />

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