Author: Charlotte Bearn

Justine Smith - Turning Money into Art

With two amazing new prints "Time is Money" and "Judgement" just released we thought we would take an in depth look at the work of artist Justine Smith.

Justine Smith creates her original sculptures and collages from actual bank notes, using them to explore our relationship with money and the power and ideas it can represent. Her two new limited edition prints both continue to explore these topics.

"Time is Money" is a world map divided into international time zones and incorporates sections of banknotes from every country in the world. It is a giclee print with pearlised silkscreen screen detail on the areas of sea creating a beautiful iridescent effect. It is more or less the same size as Justine’s original collage and is a signed edition of 90.

"Judgement" is an embossed giclee print based on one of Justine’s gun sculptures, and is also a signed edition of 90.

One of the prints of "Time is Money" has been acquired from Justine for the national collection at The British Library. Other collections that hold her works include the British Government Art Collection. It was from this collection that Gordon Brown and chose Justine’s Euro image to adorn one of the walls of 10 Downing Street during his tenure as Prime Minister.

Justine is fascinated by the way bank notes reflect the society that makes them. For example in the things they chose to celebrate in the images on their bank notes like national heritage, wildlife, industry or glorifying their leaders.

Justine has worked with collage and pre-printed paper, including comics, since graduating from the City and Guilds of the London Art School in 1993. She was then inspired by the different bank notes her boyfriend bought home from travelling for work and began using money for her sculptures.

The cost of creating one of her originals can be quite high as Justine uses uncirculated money which she gets through a currency dealer. This can mean she will pay more than the than face value for the notes depending on how rare the note is, so a five pound note may cost ten pounds. Despite this cost her originals and limited editions continue to be popular and we hope to see allot more from Justine in 2012.


Wobbly by Erwin Wurm
Wobbly £7,650
Ivy Mike by Robert Longo
Ivy Mike £14,280

Robert Longo


Limited edition of 15

Forest of Doxa by Robert Longo
Balloon Animals I Matching Set by Jeff Koons
Balloon Animals I Matching Set £45,900

Jeff Koons


Limited edition of 999

Diamond (Blue) by Jeff Koons
"Coca Cola" Glass Vase £4,250

Ai Weiwei


Limited edition of 300

Mel Ferrer's Nightmare (Grey With Flowers) by Pure Evil
Mel Ferrer's Nightmare (Grey With Flowers) £1,500

Pure Evil


Limited edition of AP

The Wild Swim from £120

Oli Mumby

Various sizes

Off You Pop by Louise Nordh
Off You Pop £95

Louise Nordh

35 x 35cm

Limited edition of 30

Moving Forms by Mr Penfold
Moving Forms £165

Mr Penfold

26 x 30cm

Limited edition of 15

Inside Mickey's Heart from £150

Angel London

Various sizes

Navy Boy £175

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 25

I Will Bite from £135

Mathilda Mai

Various sizes

Italian Summer by SODA
Italian Summer £125


42 x 29.7cm

Limited edition of 40

Let's Get It On £595

Linda Charles

56 x 76cm

Limited edition of 45

Wash the Blues Away by Charlie Haydn Taylor
Wash the Blues Away from £150

Charlie Haydn Taylor

Various sizes

Inhale £175

Joe Webb

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 30

Fresh £200

Hannah Adamaszek

60 x 75.5cm

Limited edition of 15

Scratchin' Cats (Blue) £150

The Cameron Twins

33 x 36cm

Limited edition of 20

Fast Dog £95

Gavin Dobson

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 100

In The Sky With Stars £195

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

70 x 100cm

Limited edition of 16

Seascape W £300

Newton Blades

50 x 30cm

Limited edition of 100