Welcome to Studio Croft. I am an artist based in the town of Troon, on the Clyde coast, South West Scotland.
Thank you for visiting my web.
Since my parents were both theatrical people it is perhaps not surprising that I tended to follow a career in the arts.
I was involved in theatre design and production for many years until deciding that painting allowed for a more individual form of expression. I studied for four years at Glasgow School of Art,and Hospitalfield. While there I was awarded the Governors prize, The Scottish young contemporaries prize and the Scottish Arts Council Award. I was elected to membership of “ The Glasgow Group” and was invited to exhibit at the “Institute of Contemporary Arts”, London.
Since then I have had many Exhibitions in the United Kingdom and abroad, and my work is held in various public and private collections.
Education & Theatre
I spent 20 years in art education and theatre production. During this time I developed an interest in sailing, retired from education and spent some years sailing the Mediterranean.
These works are the realization of hypnogogic dreams and visions.
Such dreams are stimulated by the questions posed by the timelessness of conception, creation and being.
Abstraction, and non-figurative expression, seeks to find the metaphysical visual awareness of such phenomena, which has no beginning and no end; existing, moving, revolving beyond our understanding; being encompassed by nothing except our imagination, which can only fly within the imprisonment of the sphere of our comprehension. Such a journey of the mind inevitably returns to the starting point; the beginning; the original concept; and wonder becomes genesis.
The second section of a more traditional type of oil painting is the result of time spent in the Mediterranean.
The third section is the result of a nostalgic visit to the areas of childhood and youth.
As you can see, I do not like to become trapped into working in one particular style or medium. There are many more works of a more experimental type which I have not yet managed to arrange on the web.
Thank you again for your visit, and I hope you enjoy browsing.
David A. Croft-Smith.