About the Artist
Born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and currently based near the town, Marion studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Her practice centres on creating site-specific commissions for the public realm. She has large scale sculptures permanently sited in the United Kingdom, from Shetland in the far north to Southampton in the south. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally.
Marion was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 2005.
In this exhibition, Marion Smith’s virtuosity and versatility in scale is demonstrated in a selection of her small works. Her inspiration is wide ranging, from the work of book designer and decorative artist Talwin Morris to the relationship between Morris, publisher Walter Blackie and Charles Rennie Mackintosh; from the Fife landscapes and shorelines of her forebears and St Andrews born artist Wilhemina Barns Graham; from D’Arcy Thompson’s theories on radial co-ordinates in On Growth and Form; and always from the natural world, urban environment or indoor context in which her work will be situated. She writes, “My works in PEERIE span five years from 2013 to 2018 and have been made at the same time as outdoor commissions sited across the country for a hospital, school and pathways.” It is a great pleasure to be presenting this renowned sculptor’s work in my gallery.
Image: READER’S FRAGMENT bronze 16.5 x 5.5 x 0.8cm Edition of 6