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Artist Bio

With a background first in design (2000), then in chemical photography (2004), Derick Smith began exploring sculpture and painting in NCAD (2011). His first solo show took place in New York (2006) followed by Dublin (2015, 2017), Munich (2017), Athlone (2022) and Meath (2023) as well as inclusion in many group exhibitions worldwide (2005 - present) His work was acquired by the O.P.W (2018,2022) and now forms part of the Irish state art collection and is held in private collections in France, Germany, Japan, U.S.A , U.A.E and the U.K. He has been the grateful recipient of both grant awards and artist residencies

Solo Exhibitions

2023 The Road Home - Kenlis Studios, Meath 

2022 Soul of Matter - Luan Gallery, Athlone 

2017 Macchia- Goldberg Galerie, Munich

2017 Origins – Pallas Projects, Dublin 

2015 Holy Mountain – La Cathedral, Dublin

2006 Behind the Eyes – Pratt Gallery, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Offline - Künstlerhaus, Vienna

2022 Arterwork - Ki Galerie, Paris

2021 'Loud' - Lafayette Gallery , Dubai

2020 Surveyor– Solstice, Navan, Ireland

2019 Untitled- Belvedere Gallery, Beirut

2017​ ​Candy Castle – Fort Works Art, Texas

2017​ ​Start 17 – Goldberg Gallery, Munich

2016 Ephemeral – Guy Hepner, New York

2016 Acrylic Melody – M.Burganov, Brussels

2016 A Touch of Blue – Arc Gallery, Chicago

2016 Quadratfuss – NX², Berlin

2015 Creativity – Art Baza, Moscow

2015 Saw Dust – MART, Dublin

2005 Dualism in America –Tenement Mus, NY

Selected Publications

2022 R.O.A Gallery - Images and interview

2021 Washingtonian - Exhibition feature 

2021 CNN Arabia - Exhibition feature

2021 Harpers Bazaar - Exhibition feature

2020 MSN - Featured on Microsoft Network

2017 Create Magazine Ish V - Images featured

2017 Assintecal magazine – Image featured

2016 Imago Mundi – Book and exhibition

2016 Vice Creators Project, Images and article

2015 Fresh Paint Ish X – Images published

2015 Forward (Russian Newspaper) – Interview



2023 Research Res - Casa del Quartiere, Turin, Italy

2023 Studio Res - Kenlis Studios, Ireland

2021 Studio Res - Sligo, Ireland

2019 Research Res – La Tambouille, France

2017 Guest Res - Atelierhaus, Munich, Germany

2015 Guest Res - Art Baza, Moscow, Russia

2015 Project 2 Res - MART, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Grants & Awards

2023  Agility Award - Arts Council of Ireland 

2019,20,21,23  Artist development grant – Meath Coco

2015 Artist Project Initiative – Finalist for 2015 award 


Artist Statement

'You find yourself in a city unknown. All of the street signs, shopfronts and billboards display a language which you do not speak, nor recognise, yet your attention is still called upon. Seemingly in a passive manner and over time, you absorb this language through constant unavoidable exposure and soon you forget those other possible meanings and indeed the time when you were free to discover your own'



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