The exhibition, Edgelands, is the painter’s second solo exhibition. Smallbone’s works feature bold colours and abstract forms to merge fictional with real spaces. She strives to capture the “feeling of never truly having access to the landscape to reflect something felt in moments of the sublime in nature” in her works.
Smallbone has a painting degree from City and Guilds of London and a master's from the Slade School of Fine Art, where she won awards such as the Duveen Travel Prize, which enabled a visit to Chernobyl in Ukraine. The place became influential in her work.
The show runs from October 25-December 15, coinciding with her appearance in the new season of Landscape Artist of the Year. The competition is a chance to win a £10,000 commission for a British institution’s permanent collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. It is hosted by Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell.
Edgelands also overlaps with Smallbone’s HSBC exhibition in Canary Wharf at the end of the year.