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The most important influence on an artist is his or her environment In my opinion artists create art to try and share with the world something they consider important They create to attempt to evoke thought on a subject to bring out the emotions of the viewer - it may be about something they find beautiful or something they hate or something they wish to make a statement about or they could even create an art piece that has no real meaning so people can make their own An artists environment is extremely important as it is where they look for inspiration An artist deprived of their environment is an artist bereft of a valuable source of ideas This is especially true of Jeffrey Smart as he chooses in his art to portray scenes of modern architecture Since childhood where his first ambition was to be an architect he has harboured a fascination for constructions such as freeways towers factories tracks and high rise buildings which he finds exciting and beautiful and he has based his style around the strong simple geometric shapes and lines that can be seen in them He strives in his artwork to achieve the perfect composition of shape balance colour and light and what he calls the fundamental aesthetic principal of absolute stillness in his paintings and in this way he attempts to convey his concept of beauty to the people viewing his artwork He uses the Golden Section which has been talked about by another artist Dorrit Black who says the subject matter is only the hinge that opens the door the hook on which hangs the coat My only concern is putting the right shapes in the right colours in right places It is always the Geometry to calculate the structure of his paintings It seems from his paintings that he still has the soul of an architect interested far more in the composition
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