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 Gary Ernest Smith  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: rural figure-genre, landscape

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1942
 
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Utah


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A Mormon artist and resident of Utah from 1968, Gary Ernest Smith creates wide-view, tonalist landscapes, many of them of cultivated farmland, based on his religious commitment to create work that is uplifting to the human spirit. However, he does not regard himself as a painter for the sake of doctrine but more as one who uses universal symbols to suggest that all of life comes from Mother Earth. He is especially interested in landscapes that are out of the ordinary.

His painting focus on rural America stems from his background of growing up in rural Oregon. He regards himself as a Western artist because he focuses on issues of the West, but he is not directed to cowboy and Indian subject matter.

Smith works primary in oil with palette knives because he believes they best maintain the clarity of the color, and most of his canvases are huge and panoramic.

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and was much influenced by his art professor Dale Fletcher who taught his students to paint the kingdom of God by expressing order through dynamic symmetry.

His studio in Highland, Utah, is huge, 1200 square feet with 14 foot ceilings, and bathed in light. The surrounding view that includes Mount Timpanogos as well as wheat fields and low mountains is spectacular.

Biography from Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers VI:
Gary Ernest Smith

Lauded by critics and collectors alike, the art of Gary Ernest Smith resonates in the mind and memory of contemporary America. Over the past years the artist's one-man shows have attracted the attention of collectors from coast to coast. His three year exhibit, "Journey in Search of Lost Images'" hung in 22 museums and institutes across the United States. In an exhibit curated by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, his work toured the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, San Jose Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Desert Museum and many more prestigious art institutions, Although he must strictly limit the number of commissions he accepts, his mural size paintings are highly prized by corporate collectors.

Gary Ernest Smith was born and raised in a relatively isolated farm community 25 miles northeast of Baker City, Oregon. His interests and intensity for painting began at an early age and progressed through college degrees, numerous commissions and awards to a full time pursuit of painting.
The commission work that dominated the early years eventually stifled his creativity. Dissatisfaction with this career direction forced him to reach inward and search beyond popular style and accepted artistic norms to a personal vision.

Following years of artistic training and experimentation, subject matter began to emerge based on the artist's background of a rural life-style that celebrates the values of hard work and self-reliance. These aspects of Smith's life came together and became the catalyst for his distinctive style. Living in the west, his work is primarily of that region, but it is not western in the traditional sense.

Although it defies precise classification, the artist considers his style "minimal" and seeks to express the essence and simplicity of each subject. Whatever the focus might be, his work expresses the artistic elements of bold form and color. These two components become the vehicle that melds the style and subject into a symbolic visual language, expanding the artistic appeal beyond the west to captivate the attention of a sophisticated urban audience.

Smith paints at his studio and home nestled in the mountains of the Bull River in Highland, Utah. Here he and his wife, Judy, a professional musician, live and work amidst fields, gardens and open spaces. They have four children.

Ref: The Greenwich Workshop

Biography from Broadmoor Galleries:
A Mormon artist and resident of Utah from 1968, Gary Ernest Smith creates wide-view, tonalist landscapes, many of them of cultivated farmland, based on his religious commitment to create work that is uplifting to the human spirit. However, he does not regard himself as a painter for the sake of doctrine but more as one who uses universal symbols to suggest that all of life comes from Mother Earth. He is especially interested in landscapes that are out of the ordinary. His painting focus on rural America stems from his background of growing up in rural Oregon. He regards himself as a Western artist because he focuses on issues of the West, but he is not directed to cowboy and Indian subject matter. Smith works primarily in oil with palette knives because he believes they best maintain the clarity of the color, and most of his canvases are huge and panoramic. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and was much influenced by his art professor Dale Fletcher who taught his students to paint the kingdom of God by expressing order through dynamic symmetry.

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