Ivy Smith

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Ivy Smith studied at Chelsea and Royal Academy Schools (RA Gold Medal). She has taught at the Royal Drawing School since 2001. Ivy has work in many public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, Graves Art Gallery Sheffield and Norwich Castle Museum. Awards include winner of: John Player Portrait Award 1986, Arts Council Grants for the Arts 2005. Public commissions include Sir Richard and Sir David Attenborough for the National Portrait Gallery and paintings for various hospitals. Her solo exhibition Drawings for Paintings was shown at the Cut, Halesworth in 2006 and the Royal Drawing School gallery in 2007. In 2010 two of her drawings were included in the exhibition Identity at the Wellcome Collection. In 2012 her painting The Golden Wedding (collection Norwich Castle Museum) toured to the Millennium Gallery Sheffield and the Laing Gallery Newcastle in the exhibition Family Matters. Recent solo shows include New Work, Mercer Chance Gallery, London 2016 and Watery Places, Church St. Gallery, Saffron Walden 2017. Recent participations include The Masters-Relief Prints 2016 and The Masters-Intaglio Prints 2017, at Bankside Gallery, London.

On drawing

I use drawing to gather information for my paintings. In fact I never look so intently as when I am drawing.

Ivy Smith


Drawing, Painting