Much like a physician, Derick focuses on the interactions of the matter with itself. Smith carefully studies the most elementary aspects, such as light and shadows, depth and shape, weight and colour, to enable the viewer to soak at the moment. It’s almost like finally experiencing the most profound meaning of looking. Derick constantly experiments with the dialogue between the colours and the surface of the canvas, always looking to stimulate our senses.
This is thus a sort of magic enigma that happens when discovering Derick’s works, far from any intellectuality. Much like a river in its bed, textures change and Derick follows his path in the contemporary art world. Smith explores unchartered territories, constantly renewing his quest for the matter and its meaning.