Designers: Here’s a tip. Your expert eye for color could open you to a whole other profession. It did for Nick Smith. After receiving a master’s degree in product design, he practiced interior design for 10 years, constantly surrounded by paint chips and swatches. Then, a lightbulb went off. Retaining color methodology as the core of his work, he began creating his own chips, and then arranged hundreds of them into artworks. Today, the contemporary British artist’s pieces range in size from 15 by 18 inches to 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 feet, the larger ones containing upwards of 1,000 hand-glued chips.
His latest exhibition, “Pinched,” at Rhodes Contemporary Art in London, showcases iconic paintings that had been stolen at one point—The Scream and Mona Lisa among them—that Smith has deconstructed, the chips providing information on their theft.