A blend of erotica and Shakespeare sounds titillating, does it not? Visual artist Nick Smith has constructed a new range of artworks employing his trademark ‘colour-chip’ technique, fusing contemporary nudes with extracts from Shakespeare’s literature. This exhibit at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, entitled Paramour, will feature 28 original pieces, which include 10 provocative nudes. Acknowledging that 400 years have passed since Shakespeare’s death, the works will incorporate not only his sonnets and plays, but also excerpts from DH Lawrence, John Cleland, EM Berens and Sarah Walters, all with the same sultry theme. Smith has executed his pieces whilst keeping in mind the tone of each excerpt, which will dictate the size and shape of each image, with a 140-word poem creating an artwork of 140 colour chips. About the exhibition, Smith has said: ‘Paramour isn’t objectification; it’s celebration of the female form, and of love and desire.’ As lovers of Shakespeare and appreciators of feminine depictions, we are fully intrigued!