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dianne smith
updated: 07/14/2009
website: www.diannesmithart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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GRPH No. 1
GRPH No. 2
GRPH No. 3
GRPH No. 4
GRPH No. 5
GRPH No. 6
GRPH No. 8
GRPH No. 9
GRPH No. 12
GRPH No. 14
GRPH No. 16
GRPH No. 17
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, organic, feminist
 
 
GRPH No. 1 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 1
Graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 2 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 2
graphite on paper
2008
30 " x  23 " 
GRPH No. 3 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 3
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 4 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 4
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 5 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 5
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 6 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 6
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 8 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 8
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 9 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 9
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 12 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 12
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 14 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 14
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  23" 
GRPH No. 16 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 16
graphite on paper
2008
25 1/2 " x  21 " 
GRPH No. 17 by dianne smith
GRPH No. 17
graphite on paper
2008
25 1/2" x  21" 

Artist Statement
Artist Statement

Initially, I created what I thought I was supposed to based upon how the world defined me.  Today my art surpasses who I am as a hyphenated identity: African American, Belizean, and woman. I had to go deep within myself to find and express the real me. Now I take license from that place inside of me that is beyond my race, gender, and ethnicity.

Granting myself permission to hear a particular criticism helped me to realize that freedom is wisdom. Once I was able to incorporate criticism into my artistic way of seeing and being, I experienced a new emergence in my work. For the first time it was pure, original, and undeniably Me. While I had no connection to abstract art, what came out of me was honest versus planned from some outer paradigm.

My mission is to encourage my audience to see themselves as well as others internally rather than externally. I use tones, shades, colors and strokes to engage my audience, inviting them to explore and embrace their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Most often, a force that is beyond me informs and guides my creative expression.
I am called upon to create my art in response to the events, circumstances and times of the world around me.

Whether it is the plight of women and children around the world or the tragedy of a natural disaster or a conversation with a friend, I create from the now. I use my work as a way to share information by connecting it to socio economic and political issues. I donate to charities that deal with the social and economic development of women and families globally. As such, my art has a purpose beyond the surface and the eye.

Just as a book is delineated by paragraphs, pages, chapters, and volumes my work embodies all that I encounter.








Artist Bio / CV
Education
1995-96   Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
1983-85   Otis Parsons School Of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1979-83    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, New York, NY

Residency
2008       School Of Visual Arts Residency, Painting and Mixed Media, New York, NY

Teaching Artist
2005-present  Lincoln Center Institute, New York, NY

Select Solo Shows
2005    My View, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2003    The Duplicity of the Proletariat, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2002    Unbroken, UFA Gallery, New York, NY

Select Group shows
2008    Hearne Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
           Daughters Of The Diaspora, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2007    Colours Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
           Hearne Fine Art Anniversary Exhibition, Little Rock, AR
2006    Abstract Expressionism: A Sublime Experience, Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavillion, New     York, NY
    Abstraction, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005    Colours Fine Art, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
           Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
2004   Kenkeleba Gallery, National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
2003    Rush Fine Arts, New York, NY
     Unbroken, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
           National Black Fine Arts Show, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2002    No Greater Love: Abstraction, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
     Believe, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
           NAC, Rush Fine Arts, New York, NY
           UFA Gallery, New York, NY
2001    Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn, NY
           Gale-Martin Gallery, New York, NY
2000    UFA Gallery, National Black Fine Arts Show, New York, NY
           Celebrating Black History Month, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
           Celebrating Black History Month, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ
           City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY