Paul Smith Artist Analysis
Date of Birth: 1969 Na1onality: Bri1sh Website: www.paulmsmith.co.uk
Through detailed analysis of ﬁgures ranging from Bono and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Michael Jackson, Smith inves1gates the general public's desire to associate with celebrity. He examines various kinds of stars, exploring the images of men that exist in the public sphere from feature ﬁlms and music to art and poli1cs. The manufactured face exists only within Smith's world of ﬁc1onal heroes. From:hNp:// www.paulmsmith.co.uk/porPolio/mr-‐smith/mr-‐smith.html
The chosen theme for the project was Robbie's love of football, a hitherto closed book for Paul and Tom. For research purposes they aNended an Arsenal v Chelsea game. The ideas with which they came away were about the whole experience of going to (and playing) football.
Warminster, a small market town on the edge of Salisbury Plain, dominated by a large military base provided a plen1ful source of reference for Paul's art. In essence, the town and its military base were the backdrop to a perpetual dress rehearsal for war, where they howl of A10's and the distant crump of ar1llery shells insinuate their report into everyday life. The military machine in various guises imposed itself on Paul's early life.
Ostensibly a record of a very laddish night out, Paul used a similar technical method to that of the previous series combined with the use of mul1ple self-‐portraits.