London-based artist Justine Smith makes use of a subject that seems to fascinate us all: money. Through exciting techniques of paper-cutting, collage, print and sculpture, she creates artwork that centres around the beauty of the banknote, as well as the social and cultural meanings that it denotes. These Mixed Media Collages and Prints are an examination of our relationship to money and the complex power that it holds over us. At the same time as emphasising its importance in human society, Justine reduces money to its basic essence of paper, making her artwork as thought-provoking as it is visually interesting.
Justine Smith’s Career and Education
Justine began her artistic career with an education at the City and Guilds of London Art School, and she still lives and works in the capital, operating from a studio in Streatham. She has since exhibited her Paper Art widely, both in her native UK and further afield, including London, Paris, Hong Kong and New York City. Her success has attracted plenty of attention, with Liberty and Paul smith commissioning her for designs.
Collections and Publications
You’ll find Justine’s artwork in several important collections, including the British Council and the UK Government Fine Art collection. The unique style of her art has also piqued the interest of several top publications, including Design Week, The Financial Times and Dazed and Confused Magazine.