At their first appearance at The London Art Fair, Ed Cross Fine Art present two very different and very powerful painters - Abe Odedina, London and Brazil based Nigerian artist and the Scottish born South African artist, Richard Smith. Both men have spent much of their lives on pursuits other than painting. In Smith's case as professional cartoonist and Odedina as a practising architect. There is a palpable sense that both Smith, who is now is in his late sixties and Odedina in his mid fifties - have no time to waste - both are extremely prolific and both are in the rare position of selling virtually all the painting that they produce. Smith's recent show in Cape Town with Ebony Curated Gallery was a sell out and Odedina's November 2016 show, Eye to Eye sold over thirty works.
Whereas Odedina's work is deliberately legible and accessible containing powerful ideas about humanity's relationship with the notion of the supernatural, Smith similarly wrestles with profound spiritual and moral issues but his works are brooding and ambiguous.