Peter Smith | May Contain Nutts

* MAY CONTAIN NUTS PETER SMITH V

*May Contain Nuts It’s been three and a half years since the launch of my first show - ‘The Art Of Surprise’, and this latest collection brings together ‘Impossimals’ old and new with a few odd surprises thrown in for good measure. They were all immense fun to paint and I’m going to have even greater fun telling you about all the stories behind them. As usual the collection started with me wondering if I’m some kind of magnet for strange things, as life really does seem to get weirder and weirder. Is it just me or does everything in today’s society seem to carry some kind of advice that used to form part of general common sense? They are often a source of constant amusement, from Superman capes that warn children that ‘Wearing does not enable the user to fly’ to the obligatory ‘May contain nuts’ on a bag of pistachios. However, it’s generally the ‘nuts’ of life that make things so interesting; the quirky unexpected things you see and do or the eccentric characters you meet quite often form a good part of your memories and can be looked back on with fondness. So for that ‘nutty’ almost childlike side we all have when we stamp our own mark of individuality on life this new collection - ‘May Contain Nuts’, is for you.

MEET THE LUBBA’S Over the last four years I have painted the different stages of this real life family. Starting with ‘Mr Lubba Lubba’ we witnessed the first date; the falling in love with ‘Lucinda’ and finally the engagement in ‘Lubba In Love’. Now comes the final and latest instalment of this loving and complete family. Mr & Mrs Lubba are still in love and have now been joined by two children. The stripes still form the eternal shield of love with their heart shape.They share the memories of the last thirty years with the rose and heart paddle from their first ever meeting on a blind date all those years ago.

MEET THE LUBBA’S Limited Edition Boxed Canvas of Image size Price

150 30” x 40” £575

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE

Is this Impossimal looking for love or in love with himself? Sometimes we have to be truthful and look deeper than the surface to see inside ourselves and find out what we really want in life.

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Limited Edition Giclée of Image size Framed Price

250 20” x 10” £325

THE ETERNAL GIFT Place a ring in the folds of a book, the resulting shadow reveals the true meaning of the unbroken circle as an age old symbol of eternity, but only a sculpture can symbolically show the take and give of any relationship in such a dramatic way. Carefully crafted to always maintain its balance this steel and bronze sculpture is my visualisation of everything a relationship has to offer; support, companionship, trust and most importantly love.

THE ETERNAL GIFT Limited Edition Stainless Steel & Bronze Sculpture of Height Price

9

5ft £7,995

IN YOUR ARMS I wanted to capture the unconditional love of a parent and child, but paint it to remindme of my own childhood.The warmth between the two characters is real.The intimacy of the pose shows that this is a special moment, at some point childhood leaves us and the comfort toy is discarded, but the memory of this special bond remains.

IN YOUR ARMS Limited Edition Giclée of Image size Framed Price

250 15” x 20” £375

HIDING MY LOVE

Don’t hide your emotions. Tell your someone special you love them!

HIDING MY LOVE Limited Edition Giclée of Image size Framed Price

250 10½” x 26” £375

DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN? The oldest pick up line in the world takes on a whole new meaning when applied to the ‘naughty step’. With inspiration taken from our friends’ stories about their two young children and the double trouble that sometimes puts them both on the step at the same time, but with twice the guilt to handle. This sparked my imagination for one last visit to the ‘naughty step’.

DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN? Limited Edition Boxed Canvas of Image size Price

150 30” x 40” £575

THE NAUGHTY STEP A sublime form of punishment for little ones captured in this unique sculpture with just one drawback - the ‘I’m Sorry’ look that could melt the Arctic and makes you want to lift them right back off the step and into your arms.

THE NAUGHTY STEP Limited Edition Hand Painted Resin Sculpture of Height Price

150 8½” £350

*MAY CONTAIN NUTS Is it me or does everything in today’s society seem to carry some kind of advice that used to form part of general common sense? They are often a source of constant amusement from Superman capes that warn children that ‘Wearing does not enable the user to fly’ to the obligatory ‘May contain nuts’ on a bag of pistachios. However, it’s generally the ‘nuts’ of life that make things so interesting; the quirky unexpected things you see and do or the eccentric characters you meet quite often form a good part of your memories and can be looked back on with fondness. So for that ‘nutty’ almost childlike side we all have when we stamp our own mark of individuality on life ‘May Contain Nuts’ is for you.

*MAY CONTAIN NUTS Limited Edition Boxed Canvas of Image size Price

150 36” x 36” £625

ALL ROADS LEAD TO YOU The path of true love never runs smooth. Against all the odds destiny has intervened and brought these two together under a sky full of stars that have formed into a barely perceptible heart. Destiny has intervened before however; witness the couple riding the eternal gift of love in the distance, setting out on their future life together.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO YOU Limited Edition Canvas On Board of Image size Framed Price

150 23” x 30¼” £475

REVOLUTION The ring is your body being driven through life by the emotional driven heart at a speed which seems to accelerate with each passing year. You pass people every day in the street with barely a glance; faces merging into a blur as you follow your own path. Stand in front of the piece and watch life pass either side of you; the slower you go the more you see. Each Impossimal on the rings show different characteristics; some are interested in others, some are more determined to go faster and others look afraid, but the shadows do not show this. Only the outer shell of the emotionally driven body is seen. Maybe the next revolution will come when we all stand still...

REVOLUTION Limited Edition Canvas On Board of Image size Framed Price

150 30” x 40” £850

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