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




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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
“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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                   

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

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      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2017 – Present
Fine Arts Gallery Director

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

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

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


The University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL

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

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

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

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

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

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

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

Ball State University, Muncie IN



Open Wabi Artists Residency - Fredericktown, OH
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT - Artist Grant Recipient


Sababa: Jewish Arts and Cultural Festival, St. Louis, MO
Honor Awards 2018 - Art Saint Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO

The Historic Shaw Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

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

Art Feast, Chesterfield Arts, St. Louis, MO

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

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

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


1998 - 2002
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Art St. Louis


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