Justine Smith joined artrepublic earlier this year with a reputation growing by the day and with her latest accolade awarded last week we take a closer look at an artist whose chief subject is the one thing currently on the country’s lips – money.

Paper has always been a primary material in the work of Justine Smith. Her current work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. She is interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it.

On a physical level a banknote is just a piece of paper, but it is what a banknote actually represents that is central to Smith’s work. Through her collages, prints and sculptures she examines our relationship with money in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the notes.

Over the last month Smith exhibited the work ‘Instruments of State – Iran’ which was awarded grand prize winner of the exhibition, where all the proceeds go to a selected charity – this year being CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.

The Cork Street Open Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition of contemporary fine art held to showcase both emerging and established artists while raising funds and increasing the profile of a selected charity. artrepublic’s Graham Carter was also a part of this year’s annual exhibit.

As an artist Justine Smith has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and has work in the collections of the British Council, the UK Government Art Collection, financial institutions, international corporations and numerous private collections. She lives and works in London.

If you are interested in Justine Smith’s work and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com