Samantha Keely Smith
My work explores the continual struggle to integrate the dual worlds in which we exist: the external world which is the sum of our sensory experiences, and the inner world of our mind and emotions, and our physical and visceral existence.
It looks at the interdependence of contrasting and often contradictory realities or viewpoints; the idea that in order to truly appreciate beauty and light, one must allow for the necessity of the dark truths that are as much a part of our lives as the innate pull towards hope. Order and chaos, the cerebral and the instinctive, sacred and profane- each requires the other.
This is a space where there is the opportunity to begin to accept chance and accident. A place where one can surrender, if only for a moment, to loss of control and the freedom that this can bring, and where the boundaries of place and time are not relevant.
Born in Harlow, Essex, England, New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith moved to the United States as a child with her family. Smith grew up for the most part in New Jersey, but also spent time in Michigan.
Smith started her College Education at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She also attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, earning her BFA in Painting, with Honors.
Since 1999 Smith has exhibited her work in several venues, including her Solo Exhibition at the prestigious ACA Galleries in 2005, which comprised an overview of her work from 1999 to 2005 and included 20 paintings.
Smith is currently looking for new gallery representation and/or new Curators and Private Dealers to work with.