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Anthony Smith, Jr
updated: 10/02/2010
website: www.anthonysmithjr.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Who is Prester John 1
Who is Prester John 2
Subwall Set 3
Subwall Set 4
Subwall Set 6
Subwall Set 9
Subwall Set 14
CAN Set, Two Ways
Central Park Blues
Contrition Set 3
Contrition Set 6
Contrition Set 7
Contrition Set 9
Contrition Set 10
Contrition Set 11
 
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Who is Prester John 1 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Who is Prester John 1
mixed media
2009
30 " x  24 " 
Who is Prester John 2 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Who is Prester John 2
mixed media
2007
24 " x  30 " 
Subwall Set 3 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Subwall Set 3
mixed media
2007
16" x  19" 
Subwall Set 4 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Subwall Set 4
mixed media
2007
16" x  19" 
Subwall Set 6 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Subwall Set 6
mixed media
2007
16" x  19" 
Subwall Set 9 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Subwall Set 9
mixed media
2007
16" x  19" 
Subwall Set 14 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Subwall Set 14
mixed media
2008
16" x  19" 
CAN Set, Two Ways by Anthony Smith, Jr
CAN Set, Two Ways
woodblock print
2007
16 " x  19 " 
Central Park Blues by Anthony Smith, Jr
Central Park Blues
woodblock print
2008
16" x  19" 
Contrition Set 3 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 3
mixed media
2008
24" x  24" 
Contrition Set 6 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 6
mixed media
2008
24 " x  24 " 
Contrition Set 7 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 7
mixed media
2008
24" x  24" 
Contrition Set 9 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 9
mixed media
2008
24" x  24" 
Contrition Set 10 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 10
mixed media
2008
24" x  24" 
Contrition Set 11 by Anthony Smith, Jr
Contrition Set 11
mixed media
2008
24" x  24" 

Artist Statement
I use abstract painting to explore complex and indefinite moral positions and to tell inscrutable stories.

I begin with simple sketches that over time become stylized such that they come to resemble calligraphy. I work on heavy-weight paper built up with a dense layer of line work, paint, and collage. Most of my works comprise larger series, which – in a process similar to that of comic book art - illustrate a theme or communicate a hermetic narrative using familiar elements such as bright colors and high-contrast line work. Although private narratives are essential to my creative process, I use them only to the end of producing works that move the viewer to impose his or her own personal narrative on them, making for a reception that is as varied and complex as the viewers themselves.

 

I aim in my work to create an orderly-but-exotic universe that invites play by the viewer. My pieces often begin with a set of compositional rules that change over the life of a series. My goal in changing elements in a series is to toy with, or even to thwart, the viewer's expectations in order to spark inquiry into the role that memory plays as ballast for visual understanding.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Shows

2008

•Runaway, The UTPA Gallery, McAllen, Texas

 

2007

•Identity and Expression, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor Michigan

•On Your Mark, Contemporary Drawing, Spensertown Academy Arts Center, Spensertown, NY

•Three Graphic Narratives, Rainy River Exhibit Hall, International Falls, MN

•Loud, ALL (Arts and Literature Laboratory) Gallery, New Haven CT

 

2006

•The 181st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, Manhattan

•Duality: La Muerte y La Vida, The UTPA Gallery, McAllen, Texas

•On Paper/Of Paper, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hill, New York

•Terms of Use, 555 Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

•Disarmed, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, Massachusetts

 

2005

•Icograms, Newton Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts

•The Impermanent Collection II, The 'temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn, New York

 

2004

•Group Show, Harlem World, Studio Museum of Harlem, Manhattan

 

2001

•Anniversary Exhibition, Studio 4 West, Piermont, New York

 

2000

•CWA National Multimedia Juried Show, Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Texas

 Reviews/Critisicm

• Faye Whitbeck, “Artist exhibit at RRCC represents diverse and impressive background”, The

Daily Journal, International Falls, Minnesota, 4/5/2007

• Lisa Wurster, “25 under 40”, (profile of work), The Artist’s Magazine, 3/2007

• Christine Temin, “With disparate views, they vividly evoke city life,” (review of show at New Art Center, Newton, MA), The Boston Globe, 4/20/2005

• Denise Taylor, “Dance and politics mix; a spring fling in Framingham,” (preview of show at New Art Center, Newton, MA) The Boston Globe, 4/15/2005

• Herbert Muschamp, “Metaphors Rise In Harlem Sky,” (review of show at Studio Museum in

Harlem) The New York Times, 2/13/2004

• Keri Guten Cohen, “Moodiness cements a strong, tight show,” (review of show at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, MI) Detroit Free Press, 9/10/2001

 

Education

• MFA in Painting, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1999–2001)

• BA in Fine Arts and Political Science, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1995-1999)