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 Mel Smothers  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Florida      Known for: Andy-Warhol themed paintings, videos, teaching

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Mel  Smothers
Andy Dialog #226, 2012
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information, submitted June 2012, is from the website of the artist with the artist's permission:

"Mel Smothers is the artist behind the Andy Dialogs. After studying Pop Art with Wayne Thiebaud, Mel moved his studio from Davis, California to Bushwick in New York City. He began a dialog with the work of Andy Warhol.

In California he had read in The New York Times that Mr. Warhol’s ocean side estate at Montauk, east of New York City was recently sold, so he made a point of driving out to get a feel for the place.

Fifty years ago, Andy was a very busy guy in NYC. Andy was art famous. Andy was mass producing contemporary art using images he found in the media. Andy liked other artists to do his paintings as he was more interested in creating his life as the first contemporary, corporate artstar.

Since Andy found his ocean estate wasn’t as glamorous as NYC, it was not on his calendar much. Mel took a look around the estate and began painting ‘communications’ thinking Andy would have liked that."

SYNOPSIS: MEL SMOTHERS
B-1947 in California
For the last several years I've traveled between three studios.
New York City, Islamorada, FL and Lake Tahoe.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Indiewalls, New York City. 2012, Sabrina Wirth, curator.
Pence Gallery, Davis CA. 2012, Natalie Nelson, curator.
Judaica Museum, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Gilbert Pavilion Gallery, New York City, 2009, Emily O’Leary, Curator.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
‘Unearthing the Narrative in Art Today,  The 23rd Atmosphere Gallery, Chicago, 2011
‘Open Portfolio New York, 2010,’ Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2010.
‘Beyond Warhol in the 21st Century: A Post-Pop Romantic Retrofit,’ Chicago and New York, 2010
Peter Marcelle Contemporary, New York City, 2008-09-10.
30th Annual Emerging Artists 2007 Invitational," Cooper Union, New York City, 2007.
Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York City, NY. 2002-2005.
 
VIDEO:
2011, "Fiddle Road."
2005, "Regarding Pollock."
2004, "Come to Me."
1989, "Bobalus."

SELECTED PUBLIC ART PROJECTS:
2010 Endangered World: Biscayne National Park Installation with Xavier Cortada.
2003 completion. 72” x 192” (3D) mural and 24- 48” x 48” “flip” panels. Light Rail train station, 21st and Broadway, Sacramento, CA.

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING:
University of California at Davis, CA. Instructor, 2001-04.
Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV., Adjunct Faculty, 2000.
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID., Teaching Assistant, 1999.

EDUCATION:
Masters in Fine Art, University of Idaho, 1999.
University of California at Davis, Professor Wayne Thiebaud: Life Drawing, Print-making, Art Criticism.
BA Degree, Studio Art, California State University, Sacramento, CA. 1991.

PUBLICATIONS:
Wedding Book, self-published, New York City. 2010
Conscious Reader, 11e, Longman Publishers, New York City, 2008. ISBN: 0205661681X . Digital edition, 2010.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:
San Jose State University, California.
Judaica Museum, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Gilbert Pavilion Gallery
Higgenbotham Museum, Virginia
Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Museum of Community University of New York (CUNY)
Whipple Art Museum
Mid-America All Indian Center
University of California at Davis
California State University at Sacramento
Woodland Community Hospital
Kaiser Health Corporation
Merrill Lynch
Sacramento Regional Transit
Summit Medical Center
South Lake Tahoe Public Library
El Dorado County Public Library
Foundation Health Corporation
Prudential Securities
Yolo County Health and Education
Private Collections


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