MEGAN GEORGIA SMITH

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Megan Georgia Smith (born 1999) is an artist from Aldershot, Hampshire. Her work documents and explores class, youth culture, and the condition of being human. Often, her work is autobiographical, drawing upon her own social and cultural surroundings for inspiration. Artworks of Megan's have been exhibited in galleries such as the Tate Modern (June 2016), The Mall Gallery (July 2017), and most recently at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth as part of the Platform Graduate Award 2020 exhibition. 

 

Artist Statement

My creative practice is centred around painting, drawing, and sculpture. These works are inspired by my life experiences, thoughts, and imaginations which are heavily influenced by my connection to working-class youth subculture through growing up and living in industrial, working-class towns, and cities. I view the modern, urban world as a sometimes bleak, almost harrowing place to be and this is reflected in my work.

My paintings eulogize a modern-day, working-class society (something that I feel is lacking in contemporary art) with purpose of glorifying its citizens yet highlighting their struggles. I always overemphasize the forms, behaviours, and fashions of my figures, often playing upon stereotypes of British working-class folk and young people. I do this because these are who I feel I most identify with as a working-class 21-year-old. By amplifying these stereotypes, I attempt to illustrate my dark sense of humour, mocking, and playing up to the idea that every working-class/ young person can be identified this way (when of course - they cannot).

ARTIST CV

Exhibitions 

2016

New Tate Modern exhibition, Tate Modern, London

2017

Student Submissions, Mall Gallery, London 

 

2018

Solent University Fine Art Exhibition, Herbert Collins Building, Southampton

2019

Docked, Guildhall Square, Southampton

Made in Southampton, Re:So, Southampton

Fire in the Swimming Pool, Pocko Gallery, London

Megan Georgia Smith, The Art House, Southampton

 

2020

Solent Fine Art Degree Show (Virtual Exhibition), Southampton

Platform Graduate Award, Aspex, Portsmouth

Ripe Tomatos, The Alfred Arcade (Virtual Exhibition), Southampton

Arts Open Exhibition, Culture on Call, West End Centre (Virtual Exhibition), Aldershot

The Social Distance Art Project 2020 (Virtual Exhibition)

2021

Power To Us, Yellow Edge Gallery, Gosport

This is Not a Show, Working Class Creatives Database (Virtual Exhibition)

Experience

2019

 Exhibition Marketing and Promotion (Internship), Solent Showcase Gallery

2020

Invigilator, Solent Showcase Gallery

Local Digital Artist, Serious Violence Summit for Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton City Council

Art Box Preparation for Collaborative Project ‘Art boxes to go’, Southampton City Council and Solent University

Online Exhibition Curator for Graduate Showcase 2020, Solent Showcase Gallery

2021

Assistant Facilitator @ The Agency, Energise Me 

Education

Southampton Solent University

First Class Honors in BA (Hons) Fine Art (2017-2020)

 

Farnborough Sixth Form College

A-Levels (2015-2017)

Fine Art, Graphic Design, English Literature (Grades A-B)