Doug Smith

Artist Statement

I have always been fascinated with the patterns in nature. As a youngster, I often traveled through the American west in the family car. My gaze would be fixed at the window, taking in the rural landscapes – excited by the striking differences of scene with each passing mile, and yet mesmerized by the soothing sameness, sometimes for hours at a time. The countless impressions became vivid and lasting memories.

As I became an adult and traveled by plane (always in a window seat), I still observed the textures and patterns of the earth. Now I could see in a glance the very landscapes the ten year old boy use to contemplate from the car. For decades, over thousands of square miles, the west was transformed into these wonderful land mosaics. There are fields, orchards, pastures and ranches – punctuated by homes and buildings, and accented by roads and nature’s erosion, waterways and coastlines – all strikingly different from one another and together composing a harmonious whole.

It is natural to connect the dots between the childhood memories and the aerial views. Along with these memories, I also have been influenced by modernist Hans Hofmann’s bold color grids and George Morrison’s dramatic landscapes. In addition to these artists, the abstract aerial landscapes of Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud have inspired this current body of work...my images reflect America’s vast rural landscape.

Along with this inspiration, I find that my years of experience as a graphic designer invests my work with strong organization, color, balance and texture. Painting with acrylic on canvas, I interject a modernistic montage with a small dash of realism. My art conveys a sense of vast distance and space as well as of place; to evoke a mood of timelessness, and a feeling of nostalgia.

Some of my paintings depict specific locales, but most are composites of American agrarian images held dearly and indelibly in my memory.

A few years ago I found this interesting anonymous quote: “Man, despite his sophistication and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.” 

Exhibitions

2016 Two Person Exhibition, Chloe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 ART San Diego, Art Fair, Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2015 Showcase Exhibitions, Ærena Galleries, Yountville, St Helena & Healdsburg, California

2014 Solo Exhibition, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

2014 Group Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Solo Exhibition, Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2012 Group Exhibition, United States Embassy, Spaso House, Moscow, Russia

2012 Two Person Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA

2012 Invitational Exhibition, “Artists for a New Century” Bennington Center, Bennington, VT

2012 Solo Exhibition, Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN

2012 Winter Group Show, Visions West Galleries, Denver, CO

2011 Collectors Legacy Exhibition, Rockwell Museum of Western Art

2011 Art of the New West Exhibition, Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN

2011 Group Landscape Show, Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN

2011 Solo Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA

2011 Solo Exhibition, Alpha Omega Winery, Rutherford, CA

2010 Two Person Exhibition, Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA

2010 Art of the New West Exhibition, Watts Fine Art, Zionsville, IN

2010 Two Person Exhibition, Campton Gallery, New York

2010 21st Century Regionalist: Invitational Art of the Next West, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, NY

2009 Solo Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2009 Two Person Exhibition, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2008 LACMA Wet Paint Exhibition, Beverly Hills, CA

2008 Group Exhibition, Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2008 Group Exhibition, Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA

2007 21st Century Regionalists, Invitational Art of the New West, Booth Western Art Museum, Atlanta

2007 Group Exhibition, Modern Masters Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2006 LACMA Wet Paint Exhibition, Beverly Hills, CA

2006 Boston International Fine Art Show, Wynne Falconer Gallery, Boston

2006 LACMA Four Person Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2005 Group Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA

2005 Solo Exhibition, McLean Gallery, Malibu, CA

Museum Collections

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

Publications

2014 Western Art Collector, November, Solo Exhibition, Desert Caballeros Western Museum

2014 Western Art & Architecture Magazine, October Issue

2012 American Art Collector, March, Watts Fine Art Solo Exhibition

2012 Western Art and Architecture Magazine, August Issue

2012 American Art Collector, March Issue, Watts Fine Art Exhibition

2011 Western Art Collector, October, Collectors Legacy Exhibition, Rockwell Museum of Western Art

2011 Western Art Collector, September, Art of the New West, Watts Fine Art

2011 Marin Magazine Cover, February Issue

2010 Western Art Collector, September, Art of the New West, Watts Fine Art

2010 American Art Collector, July, Rockwell Museum of Western Art Exhibition

2010 American Art Collector, June, Rockwell Museum of Western Art Exhibition

2009 American Art Collector, July, Artist Focus

2008 Southwest Art, January, Best of the West - Art of the New West Booth Western Art Museum

2008 Western Art Collector, January - Booth Western Art Museum Exhibition

2005 Southwest Art, February, Best of the West

Collection Selected

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver

 

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