Smalley’s exploration into the complexities of abstraction can be attributed to a four-decade career in advertising and the freedom offered by leaving the intense industry discipline. His abstraction is ignited by figurative origins that carry with it marks, traces and gestures, creating a personal visual dialogue.
The surface of the canvas is a continuous glimpse into his life's work, memories and experiences. Colour and process explore the architecture and narrative of the work, offering a window into a very different, yet a spontaneously intriguing world. It can be seen with the works on paper that there is another glance into his past with a collection of collages, incorporating typography, handmade paper and the written word. Both celebrate the new found freedom.
Smalley has been shown in Canada and internationally, his work resides in New York, Los Angeles, London, Beijing and throughout Canada