Explore the extraordinary delights of contemporary expressionist, Ian Rayer-Smith.

Explore the extraordinary delights of contemporary expressionist, Ian Rayer-Smith.


ARTZU are proud to introduce Ian Rayer-Smith. He is a painter inspired by the Renaissance and the abstract impressionists’ use of light, dark and compositional techniques. He creates unique and timeless work, often working at a large scale. His paintings make a huge impact on the spaces they inhabit and transform environments with their passion and style.

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Ian is an award-winning artist who paints from studios in Manchester and in rural North Shropshire, England. Since he graduated from Salford University with a first in visual art, he has exploded onto the art scene. Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential, Winner of Warrington Contemporary Open prize 2014, finalist for Open West 2015 and Winner of It’s Art Call 2017 International. He has been featured in GQ magazine and held exhibitions in London, Chicago, Florida and Lille.

A penchant for excess

” In a world preoccupied with technology, there is something remarkable about painting. It connects us back to man’s earliest and most elemental forms of self expression.

I am not interested in painting something that already exists. My pressing urge is to use paint to explore new forms which will ultimately carry emotional weight. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I may use it as a reference point by which to move from one painting to the next.”

” I would say I’m a contemporary expressionist, I like my paintings to show a raw honesty and passion in the way the paint is applied. I also want my work to look contemporary, current, fresh and of its time, although there are definitely classical references to be seen in my work.”

Ian Rayer-Smith, A tale of us.

Ian Rayer-Smith, A new tomorrow.