British Palette Master Nick Smith Creates Art from Paint Chips

Designers: Here’s a tip. Your expert eye for color could open you to a whole other profession. It did for . After re­ceiving a master’s degree in pro­duct design, he practiced interior design for 10 years, constantly surrounded by paint chips and swatches. Then, a lightbulb went off. Retaining color methodology as the core of his work, he began creating his own chips, and then arranged hundreds of them into artworks. Today, the contemp­orary British artist’s pieces range in size from 15 by 18 inches to 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 feet, the larger ones containing upwards of 1,000 hand-glued chips.

Da Vinci-Mona Lisa, Nick Smith’s color-chip collage on paper, is at Rhodes Contemporary Art in London through June 1. Photography courtesy of Nick Smith.

His latest exhibition, “Pinched,” at in London, showcases iconic paint­ings that had been stolen at one point—The Scream and Mona Lisa among them—that Smith has de­constructed, the chips providing information on their theft.

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