“We are born of light.The seasons are felt through light. We only know the world as it is evoked by light”. Louis Kahn
Kerrie is a visual artist and painter. Her abstractions, emanate from light and color patterns that she perceives in both natural and urban environments. The Light Patterns Series comes from her rich memories of California including it’s deserts and coastlines as well as urban experiences in Southern California and particularly Los Angeles.
Kerrie Smith’s paintings capture the rapturous relationships of time, light and nature. Her ‘Light Patterns’ series reference this dynamic relationship primarily through her juxtaposition of dense color layers within an abstract geometric compositional structure. The color layers composed of meticulously organized dots form cloud like patterns of light, which flow through and across the geometric boundaries of the surface. Smith’s Light Patterns are a idiomatic language she has created to communicate to us the ephemeral interplay of light and the tangible structure of the physical world. Her richly textured patterns of color simultaneously define and erode the geometric boundaries within the paintings.
(Coleman Griffith is an Architect and architectural educator who lives and practices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara)
‘Equipoise’ series explores balance. Earlier pieces in this series explore ambient light and color. Subtle variations of complementary hues and warm and cool rhythms of light create an equivalence on all sides of her canvases. Later paintings describe the complex ‘counterbalance’ of asymmetries found in the dynamic forces of nature. Her bold and colorful paintings explore counterbalance through tensions between radially symmetrical compositions of geometric parts and dynamic color as light. However like her ‘Light Patterns’ series, the order of symmetry and geometry is strongly counterbalanced by her oppositional color patterns and layering of lively painterly color shape.
‘V-Series’ geometry references the sensuality in the abstract. Through the emergence of her light patterns this series refocuses and celebrates the Victorious Sensual Female. Kerrie Smith likes to think these paintings dialogue with one another through the interaction of light patterns and geometric abstraction, which ultimately represents to the artist the synthesis and freedom of female intimacy.
Kerrie is British and attended The Park Art School Yeovil, Somerset UK and has a BA in 3-Dimensional/Theater Design from Central School Saint Martins, London UK and worked as a theater designer throughout Europe and USA.
She is the Founder/Creative Director of Art Walk for Kids/Adults a non profit that supports artists with disabilities in Santa Barbara Country for the past 15 years.
Wall Space Gallery- Gallery Owner: Valda Lake. 607 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Phone 323 930 0471 #wallspacela www.wallspacela.com,
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Artsy Gallery https://www.artsy.net/artist/kerrie-smith
Member: Westmont Ridley-Tree Musum of Art, Arts Council, Santa Barbara. www.westmont.edu
Member: Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art www.nationalwca.org
Member: The Abstract Art Collective Santa Barbara www.abstractartcollective.com
Member: Los Angeles Art Association www.laaa.org
Member : Santa Barbara Studio Artists www.santabarbarastudioartists.com
Member: UAL: University of the Arts London England www.arts.ac.uk/
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018. Equipoise, Solo Show, Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2018. ArtSEE: AAC’s SEE International, JCC Gallery Santa Barbara. Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.
2018. Avenue 50 Studio, LA, Hear Our Voices! Juried Show, Curator Kathy Gallegos.
2018. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara, Annual Tri- County Juried Exhibition, Night & Day! Curated by Bob Alderette, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing in the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.
2018. Arena 1 Gallery Santa Monica, LA, Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice! Women’s Caucus For Art National Show, Juried & Curated by Jill Monoz.
2018. BG Gallery Santa Monica, LA, Stripes, Curator Om Bleicher.
2018. Neutra Museum Gallery LA, Bowie. Juried & Curator Dulce Stein.
2018. Wesmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara, Annual Small Works Auction (By Invitation).
2017. Sullivan Goss Gallery Santa Barbara, 100 Grand, Curator Nathan Vonk. (By Invitation).
2017. Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery, Pop Bang Wow, Curator James Van Ardale. (By Invitation).
2017.Wall Space Gallery LA, Sizzle Summer Show, Curator Valda Lake (By Invitation).
2017. BG Gallery Bergamot Station LA, Spectrum Gestalt, Curator Om Bleicher (By invitation).
2017. Wall Space Gallery LA “That Blitz Mentality” Juried Show, Curator Valda Lake (By Invitation).
2017. Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara, 3 Woman Show Driven to Abstraction, Curator William Fedderson.
2017. Abstract Arts Collective, JCC Gallery Santa Barbara, ArtSee International, Juried show Curator Daniel Barnett.
2017. Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, AAC Abstract Open III Juried Exhibition Curator/Juror: Lynn M.Holley.
2017. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, AAC Abstract Open II, Juried Exhibition, Curator/Juror: Nancy Gifford.
2016. BLAM Los Angeles, The Night Opens, Curator Nadege Monchera Baer (By Invitation).
2016. City Hall Santa Barbara Ca, Mayors Office, Curator Joe LaCorte (by Invitation).
2016. Casa Gallery Santa Barbara, Beyond Living Walls, Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.
2016. Casa Gallery Santa Barbara, Fiesta Azul, Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.
2016. Going Abstract, Juried Show, Carpinteria Arts Center Ca, Curator Hugh Margerum (By Invitation).
2016. Abstract Art Collective Summer Selections, Juried show, Art at the JCC Gallery Santa Barbara.
2016. ArtSEE: AAC’s SEE International, Faulkner Gallery Ca,By Invitation, Curator Jan Zeigler.
2016. Palm Loft Gallery,Make Hay While The Sun Shines, Juried/Curator Arturo Tello.
2016. Abstract Open II, Juried Show, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA Curator Maiza Hixson.
2016. Ca-Pathways,Juried Show, Carpinteria Arts Center Ca, Curator Michael Drury.
2016. Imaginations, Juried Show, Carpinteria Arts Center Ca, Curator Tomas Van Stein.
2015. Seasons On, Juried Show, Carpinteria Arts Center Ca, Curator Marcia Burtt.
2015. Californian Dreaming, Juried Show Carpinteria Arts Center, Ca, Curator Dane Goodman.
2015. From an Abstract Point Of View, Juried Show, Carpinteria Arts Center, Ca, Curator Jill Sattler.
2015. Printmaking Show, Juried Show-Atkinson Gallery,Santa Barbara,Ca, Curator John Iwerks.
2015. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara, Ca, Off the Wall, Curator Nancy Gifford (By invitation).
2017. AAC Abstract Open II Juried Exhibition Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, Jurors Award.
2016. Summer Selections AAC’s, Art at the JCC Gallery, Santa Barbara, Honorable Mention.
AAC Abstract Open II, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, Jurors Award.
2016. Pathways,Carpinteria Arts Center, Jurors Choice Award.
2016. Imaginations, Carpinteria Arts Center, Honorable Mention.
2015. Seasons On, Carpinteria Arts Center, Honorable Mention.
2015. From an Abstract Point Of View, Carpinteria Arts Center, Jurors Award.
2015. California Dreaming, Carpinteria Arts Center, Jurors Award.
2015. Printmaking Show, Atkinson Gallery Santa Barbara, Honorable Mention.
The Park Art School, Yeovil, Somerset England, Foundation Art & Design.
Central School Saint Martins, London England, BA/ Hons Theater and 3 Dimensional Design.