The act of painting is a vital experience. My art explores themes of memory, process, and the suggestion of place. Striving for logic and unity in each piece, I utilize my responses to nature and my appreciation for the history of painting to evoke a dream-like world that is conspicuous and abstract. I create from an intuitive base, where bold shapes and colors predominate the compositional schemes of each painting. The relationship between unique forms sets the emotional tone for each work, while the sensuous qualities of paint create an array of arresting optical effects.

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   —Brian D. Smith

 

   


REVIEWS

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“The paintings of Brian D. Smith share traits with deceptively deep pop songs. You first notice his remarkable use of color — bright reds and profound blues; Smith applies lighter blues and yellows, pigments that might seem garish in the hands of a lesser painter, in a manner that's equally striking. Marks are scrawled and etched into color fields, beautifully interrupting their purity....Smith's work is not segmented, striated or symmetrical. Yet each color exists as if exactly where it's meant to be... his work approximates pop songs that quite literally move you, infiltrating your feet and hips, while also provoking thought or prompting attention to a captivating countermelody.”

      -Aarik Danielsen
     Columbia Daily Tribune
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“Fresh and challenging aptly describes Brian Smith, his innate sense of movement and color seize the reigns. Thick sweeping brushstrokes flurry about the canvas; occasional paint drops remain, dried and untouched, adding to the works textural depth. Smith’s wonderful palette lives up to the standards of his previous work…he has the capability to keep things in order, to present images in a manner that we find familiar and identifiable, but takes the next step – that of creating a shared experience through the abstract conveyance of emotion and feeling.”

      -Jeff Daniel
     St. Louis Post-Dispatch
   
 
“If you like bright colors and abstract compositions, then you will really like Smith’s paintings. They are big, bold and pretty. Some resemble – if you squint – landscapes of odd colors. Others are more like big, vibrant splashes of color, color that Smith applies every which way: with big and small brushes; as a glaze; as a thick impasto; or occasionally combs through. His paint is so luscious it almost looks wet.”
 
    -Carol Ferring Shepley
     St. Louis Post-Dispatch
   

“Smith succeeds in his intersections. He is interested in the connections of planes, and it is here that his images come alive. The interplay of color, line and the accidental nature of the paint is truly engaging. Within the intersections the vitality and freshness of his approach comes to the forefront. There is a reference to landscape, but it is secondary to the success of the compositions. He uses color to create the illusion of depth while maintaining the effectiveness of the surface.”

      -John Wright
      The Riverfront Times

 
   
 
“Smith’s painting of the natural world in his abstract vernacular is the equivalent of a supercharged love affair. He works in evolving, textural layers of glorious hues, brushed and scraped to create the illusion of space and light that resembles sky, water, rocks, hills. Consider Smith’s color palette…all brought together in a fabulous hedonistic concoction that stirs soulfully as well as sensually. I viewed Smith’s new work on one of those miserable, stifling July days when the heat index was reported as being 114 degrees. After leaving the gallery, I could not help but be grateful for this natural world and those who interpret it.”

      -Teresa Callahan
     West End-Clayton Word

 

EDUCATION

The University of Chicago, M.F.A. in Painting, Chicago, IL –
      Masters Thesis: “Moments and Places in Nature.”           
AWARDS: University Tuition Award 1987 - 1989, Boettcher Academic Scholarship 1989

Boston University, B.F.A. in Painting, Boston, MA
AWARD: Ford Foundation Scholarship 1980 - 1984


SELECTED
COLLECTIONS

Wells Fargo Advisors, St. Louis, MO
Emerson Electric, St. Louis, MO
Herzog & Crebs LLC, St. Louis, MO
Husch Blackwell, Denver, CO
Macy’s Department Stores: St. Louis, MO, Houston, TX, Columbia, MO, Independence, MO, Franklin, TN
Polsinelli,  St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Washington D.C., Dallas, TX.
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
Marketing Lab, Minneapolis, MN
General Growth Properties
Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, MO
Numerous Private Collections


SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: Recent Paintings, St. Louis, MO
Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Brian D. Smith: Passage And Occurrence, Belleville, IL

2014
McKendree University Gallery of Art, Brian D. Smith: Abstract Painting, Lebanon, IL

2013
SIBA Gallery, Brian D. Smith: Abstract Paintings, 2005 – 2011, St. Louis, MO
Saint Charles Community College, Brian D. Smith: Works From a Sabbatical, St. Peters, MO

2012
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: Presence and Recollection, St. Louis, MO
Tinnin Art Center, Brian D. Smith: Pathways Through Color, Poplar Bluff, MO

2009
River Campus Art Gallery, Southeast Missouri State University, Building Color: Brian D. Smith, Abstract Paintings, Cape Girardeau, MO

2007
Nicholls State University, Brian D. Smith: Abstractions, Thibodaux, LA

2006
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith, New Paintings, St. Louis, MO

2003
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Paintings and Works on Paper, St. Louis, MO

2002
Schmidt Art Center - Southwestern Illinois College, Clear Color: Brian D. Smith, Belleville, IL
Florissant Valley Community College, Brian D. Smith - Paintings, St. Louis, MO

2001
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Work, St. Louis, MO

1997
Duane Reed Gallery, Brian Smith: Paintings And Works on Paper, St. Louis, MO

1995            
The Bonsack Gallery, Brian Smith: Paintings, St. Louis, MO

1994
Meramec Community College, Brian Smith: Recent Work, St. Louis, MO

1993
Artemisia Gallery, Brian Smith: Landscape Paintings, Chicago, IL
William Shearburn Fine Art, Brian Smith: New Landscape Paintings, St. Louis, MO

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
The Regional Arts Commission, The Building/Soulard Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO

2014
Saint Louis University Museum of Art, Saint Louis Creates, St. Louis, MO
PS Gallery, Late Winter Exhibit, Columbia, MO

2012
St. Louis Artists Guild, Lay of The Land, Juror: Jack Brumbaugh, St. Louis, MO

2011
Foundry Art Centre, My Shadow And Me 2011, St. Charles, MO
Art St. Louis, XXVII: The Exhibition, Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, St. Louis, MO
Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Summer Exhibit, Columbia, MO

2009
Boston Center For The Arts, Drawings That Work: 21st Drawing Show. Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, Boston, MA
Foundry Art Centre, My Shadow and Me, St. Charles, MO
Davis Art Gallery, Stephens College, Paintings, Prints and Prophets; Brian D. Smith and Michael Beusking, Columbia, MO

Duane Reed Gallery, Home Grown, St. Louis, MO
The Regional Arts Commission, The Holga Polka Invitational, St. Louis, MO
Art St. Louis, XXV: The Exhibition, Juror: Sheryl Conkelton,
(Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs at Tyler School of Art), St. Louis, MO

2008
Art St. Louis, XXIV: The Exhibition, Juror: Mark Masuoka (Curator, Bemis Center For Contemporary Art), St. Louis, MO
Foundry Art Centre, Painting, (National Competition), St. Charles, MO

2007
Foundry Art Centre, The Regional College Art Faculty Exhibition, St. Charles, MO

2006
Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Flat Files, St. Louis, MO

2005           
Art St. Louis, Open Space: The Art of The Landscape, Juror: Michael Eastman, St. Louis, MO

2004
Meramec Community College, Ovals, Invitational Collaborative Exhibit, St. Louis, MO
Art St. Louis, Mapping Memory, Juror: Clara Coleman (Curator, Laumeier Sculpture Park), St. Louis, MO

2003
The Quincy Arts Center, 53rd Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy, IL
Art St. Louis, Primordial I: Water, Jurors: Carol Carter and Carolyn Miles, St. Louis, MO                                   

2002
Forest Park Community College, Painted Plates and Vessels,
    2nd Invitational Collaborative Exhibit, St. Louis, MO

2001
Core New Art Space, New Works on Paper Exhibition, Juror: William Havu, Denver, CO
Art St. Louis, Honor Awards 2001, Juror: Patrick Schucard, St. Louis, MO
The Quincy Arts Center, 51st Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition,
    Juror: Dr. Louis Zona, Quincy, IL      
                              

2000
Art St. Louis, Art St. Louis XVI:The Exhibition, Juror: Doug Dreishpoon (Curator, The Albright Knox Gallery)
    St. Louis, MO  *Award of Excellence Recipient
Washington University, Des Lee Gallery, Landscape Exhibition (Invitational), St. Louis, MO
IN/FORM 6-The Exhibition, St. Louis, MO
Art St. Louis, Honor Awards 2000, Juror: Paul Dresang, St. Louis, MO

1999
Art St. Louis, Art St. Louis XV: The Exhibition, Juror: Tobi Kahn, St. Louis, MO  *Award of Excellence Recipient
The Kansas City Artists Coalition, River Market Regional Exhibition,
    Juror: Janet Bishop (Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco MOMA), Kansas City, MO
Forest Park Community College, Painted Plates, Invitational Collaborative Exhibit, St. Louis, MO

1998
Art St. Louis, The Golden Mean, Juror: Olivia Lahs-Gonzales (Curator of Photography,
    The St. Louis Art Museum) St. Louis, MO
Meramec Community College Gallery, The Landscape Show (Invitational), St. Louis, MO

1997
Exhibit ‘97, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Juried Show, Osage Beach, MO
Art St. Louis, Drawing Redefined, Jurors: Bob Hansman and Leon Anderson, St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Artists Guild, Oil, Acrylic and Egg Tempera Exhibition, St. Louis, MO

1996
The May Gallery, Maryville University, Sharing Images; Jewish and Black Artists (Invitational),
    St. Louis, MO

1995
Northeast Missouri State University, The National Art Competition, Juror: Charlotta Kotik
    (Curator of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum), Kirksville, MO
Art St. Louis, Art St. Louis, XI: The Exhibition, Juror: Jean Van Harlingen, St. Louis, MO

1994
Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galex 28 National Juried Competition Juror: Ronald Greenberg,
    Galesburg, IL *Merit Award Recipient
Exhibit ‘94, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Juried Show, Osage Beach, MO

1993
Marysville Masterpiece Art Competition, Juror: Tree Stokes, Marysville, KS *Merit Award Recipient
Second Story Gallery, Earth, Water, Sky, Juried Show, Seattle, WA
Art St. Louis, Honor Awards Exhibition, St. Louis, MO

1992
Alabama State University, Urban and Rural Landscapes, Five Person Exhibit, Montgomery, AL
Art St. Louis, Art St. Louis - VIII: The Exhibition, Juror: Eleanor Heartney, St. Louis, MO
   *Honor Award Recipient

1989
Gallery 1935, Constructive Anxiety (Invitational), Chicago, IL
The Jones Fifth Annual All Illinois Art Competition, Evanston, IL, Juror: Susan Senseman
Aristoi, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014
Aarik Danielsen, "Art Rattles, Hums, Pops and Sings in PS: Gallery Exhibit" Columbia Daily Tribune, February 16

2011
Bailey Ruetzel, "Shades of Summer Abound at New PS:Gallery Show", Columbia Daily Tribune, July 17

2005
Teresa Callahan, "What is a Landscape?" West End Word, August 10

2001
Carol Ferring Shepley, “Area Artists Show Their Vigor, Variety of Painting”,
   St. Louis Post Dispatch, August 12
Teresa Callahan, “Smith, Seven Painters Prove that Art is very Much Alive,”
   West End Word, August 2
Jeff Daniel, “Art St. Louis Honorees Finish Strong,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 25

2000
Jeff Daniel, “The Year in Art,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 31
Jeff Daniel, “The Exhibition, features wide range of mediums, sensibilities”
   St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 10
Jeff Daniel, “IN/FORM 6, The Exhibition” St. Louis Post Dispatch, November 12
Jeff Daniel, “Landscapes go in All Directions as Far as The Eye Can See”
   St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 9

1999
Jeff Daniel, “Art St. Louis XV: The Exhibition” St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 5

1998
Angela Reinoehl, “Brian Smith,” Art St. Louis Newsletter

1997
Jeff Daniel, “Revitalizing The Abstract,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 5
John Wright, “Out of The Ordinary,” The Riverfront Times, June 11

1995
Jeff Daniel, “A Last Look At Nine Eye Openers,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, December 30

1994
Carol Ferring Shepley, “Brian Smith: Clumps and Other Forms,” St. Louis Post Dispatch February 17

1993
Carol Ferring Shepley, “Honor Awards Winners are a Diverse Lot,”
   St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 10

1992
Kim Ferger Lloyd, “Exhibit of 67 Local Artists Showcases City’s Diversity,”
   West End Word, October 29
Robert Duffy, “Shape Defines Brian Smith’s Bold Art,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 21

1991
Robert Duffy, “Eleven Diverse Views at Utopian Loft,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, November 27



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1998-Present
Full Professor of Visual Art and Art Department Chair - St. Charles Community College, St. Peters, MO

1998-2003, 2006-2008
Fine Arts Gallery Director - St. Charles Community College, St. Peters, MO

1999-2002
Chair, Department of Humanities and Performing & Visual Arts St. Charles Community College, St. Peters, MO

1998
Adjunct Faculty - University of Missouri at Saint Louis

1991- 1998
Adjunct Faculty - St. Louis Community College

1988 - 1991
Continuing Education Faculty - The University of Chicago - Graham School of General Studies


GUEST ARTIST / LECTURER

2013
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL

2012
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, MO

2011
St. Louis Community College - Meramec, St, Louis, MO

2009
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

2007
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

2006
Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO

2002
St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO

2001
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

1989
Ball State University, Muncie IN


MISCELLANEOUS

RESIDENCY:

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT - Artist Grant Recipient

EXHIBITION JUDGE:

2011
Those Who Dream by Night, Framations Gallery, St. Charles, MO

2009
Art Feast, Chesterfield Arts, St. Louis, MO

2008
Art and Air, St. Louis, MO
Raintree Arts Council, 34th Annual Exhibit, Clarksville , MO
Art Dimensions: Art Wars Live Art Competition, St. Louis, MO

2007
White Washed - Shades of White, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006
Laumeier Art Fair, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

FREELANCE ART CRITIC:

1998 - 2002
St. Louis Post Dispatch

1992-1998
Art St. Louis

MEMBERSHIPS:

Art St. Louis - Program Committee
College Art Association
FATE - Foundations in Art, Theory and Education
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis - Citizen Review Panel