Drawing on the raw material of everyday life, John Smith's meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema.
John Smith was born in London in 1952 and studied film at the Royal College of Art. After graduating in 1977 he became involved in the activities of the London Filmmakers' Co-op. Strongly influenced by the Structural Materialist ideas which dominated British artists' filmmaking at that time, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, John Smith has developed a body of work which deftly subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction.
John Smith has made over forty films, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television throughout the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. His solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; and Pearl Gallery, London. He regularly presents his work in person and in recent years it has been profiled through retrospectives at the 2007 Venice Biennale and film festivals in Oberhausen, Cork, Tampere, Uppsala, Bristol, Regensburg, Glasgow and La Rochelle.
John Smith lives and works in London. He teaches part-time at the University of East London where he is Professor of Fine Art.