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Rene Smith
updated: 05/16/2011
website: www.renesmith.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Christopher on My Couch
Christopher
Detail (Christopher)
Mountain Man
Figure Dressing
Men With Map
Diptych Snow / Waterfall
Cloudy Canyon
The Salt River Project
Figure With Gray Trees
Kissing Canyon
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, collage, erotic, gender/sexuality, political, domestic, portraiture, figurative, feminist
 
 
Christopher on My Couch by Rene Smith
Christopher on My Couch
Pastel on paper
2011
16 " x  22 " 
Christopher by Rene Smith
Christopher
Oil on Canvas
2011
54 " x  44 "  x 1.5 " 
Detail (Christopher) by Rene Smith
Detail (Christopher)
Oil on Canvas
2011
54 " x  44 " 
Mountain Man by Rene Smith
Mountain Man
Collage on Paper
2010
12 " x  16 " 
Figure Dressing by Rene Smith
Figure Dressing
Collage
2010
16 " x  22 "  x .1 " 
Men With Map by Rene Smith
Men With Map
Collage on Paper
2010
16 " x  22 " 
Diptych Snow / Waterfall by Rene Smith
Diptych Snow / Waterfall
Collage on Paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Cloudy Canyon by Rene Smith
Cloudy Canyon
Collage
2010
16 " x  20 " 
The Salt River Project by Rene Smith
The Salt River Project
Collage on Paper
2010
16 " x  20 " 
Figure With Gray Trees by Rene Smith
Figure With Gray Trees
Collage on Paper
2010
16 " x  20 " 
Kissing Canyon by Rene Smith
Kissing Canyon
Collage on Paper
2010
16 " x  20 " 

Artist Statement
This body of work is a sincere ode to longing and the beauty of men’s bodies, but it also contains small jokes, ideas about history, references to our relationship to photography, and some formal and painterly ideas about the physical and sensual quality of the pieces themselves. The project is about men’s bodies seen through a woman’s eyes - the woman’s gaze - the man’s body - the body as landscape with hills and valleys to roam. I have been making collages from old Playgirl magazines combined with American landscape photographs, also taken from vintage magazines. I recently started some related paintings, based on source photographs that I took myself using a professional model.

Artist Bio / CV
René Smith was born in Philadelphia and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She studied painting for two years in Rome, Italy. She was a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University in 2008-09. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, a two person show at Koi Gallery in Bangkok, and The Siam Art Fair with BKK Art House Gallery in Bangkok. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Saint Thomas Aquinas College in New York. She lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.