Ian Rayer-Smith

Manchester based Ian Rayer-Smith aims to instil a classical feel into his work while finding new visual paths. He is Influenced by the Abstract Expressionists for their emotional rawness and the Renaissance for composition, light and movement. On top of this he layers some influences from contemporary culture and his own experiences. Ian is available for commissions. 

Born in Farnham, England in 1970, Ian Rayer-Smith spent twenty years in business, working in the distribution and heath lifestyle industries before beginning his practice as an artist. Having had no formal training or prior experience, Rayer-Smith started to paint as a means of escape, discovering his talent at the age of 36. Fascinated by the medium and its possibilities, Ian found himself propelled into a completely different career change from entrepreneur to a full-time artist. After completing a degree in visual arts, he has since encountered a dramatic trajectory into the art world: attracting the attention of prominent collectors, winning several awards, and being featured in various international art publications.

Ian now has his own gallery in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter open by appointment and a large painting studio in a converted mill in Cheshire. Ian’s paintings have a visceral yet emotional quality. He is currently represented by galleries in London, Melbourne, Paris and Florida.