My Story

“We are born of light. The seasons are felt through light. We only know the world as it is evoked by light”. Louis Kahn

BIO

English Artist Kerrie Smith lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA. After attending Central Saint Martins School of Art, she received her B.A. with Honors in 3-Dimensional & Theater Design. After a successful career as a Theater-Set designer Ms. Smith returned to painting full time and has exhibited nationally including: Arena I Gallery, Santa Monica CA / BG Gallery Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA / Blam Gallery Los Angeles CA  / Los Angeles Art Association, North Hollywood CA / Neutra Museum Gallery, Silverlake CA  / SoLa Gallery, Inglewood CA / Avenue 50 Studio Inc, Highland Park CA  / Wall Space Gallery, Los Angeles CA / Core Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV / Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert, CA / San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA / Gray Space Gallery, Santa Barbara CA  Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA / Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara CA / Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA / Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA / Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Solvang CA / Bettervaria Gallery, Santa Maria CA / A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn NY.

Kerrie has worked as a theater designer in England, France, Holland and the United States collaborating with directors/designers Richard Eyre, Pamela Howard OBE, Ralph Koltai OBE, Ken Russell, John Tillinger and John Wells.

Kerrie is an Artist and Art Educator and President of the Art Council Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. She founded the non-profit organization Art Walk for Kids/Adults with outreach programs for artists with disabilities. She also created art curriculums approved and used by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission for at-risk/developmentally disabled youth and adults and Hope School Art Programs. Curating/Juror for Community Art show/exhibitions, local schools and Art Groups, she continues to create privately with developmentally and learning challenged youth and adults in her community.

Her programs have received Congressional Awards from both Assembly Woman Lois Capps and Congresswoman Hannah Beth Jackson.

ARTIST STATEMENT

As my work evolves and becomes more layered I find myself exploring patterns and color, organic floating shapes that are interwoven with a geometric under layer. 

 My current endeavor is to capture our changing planet. Consequently, my artwork records imaginary patterns in our environment—urban/industrial and natural. I’m interested in the changing intersection between place/city or nature. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to record the environmental disruptions that continue to afflict the California fire-driven and eroding mountains, deserts and coastlines.

My work is a reflection that describes the complex counterbalance of asymmetries found in the dynamic forces of nature and a more sustainable way to relate to the Earth. I explore balance, examining ‘Patterns’ in our environment, subtle variations of complementary hues and warm and cool rhythms of light create an equivalence on all sides of the canvas. I work in layers of color, sometimes precisely blocking color first, then building, patterning and layering again. This gives me a feeling that I’m not just recording nature but actually feeling its rhythms and changing seasons. I’m very influenced by my walks and direct relationship with my environment in California. These bold and colorful paintings explore this through tensions between radially symmetrical compositions of geometric parts and dynamic color as light. The order of symmetry and geometry is strongly counterbalanced by oppositional color patterns and layering of lively painterly color shape.

 EQUIPOISE | In these paintings, I make reference to a world that is constantly changing via incredible leaps of technology and unbelievable strains upon the environment. This has caused me to ask, “How we can arrive at a place where balance has been found between technology and nature?“. At what point do we begin to realize that we are not moving through a passive landscape? In this series, I imagine portraits of organisms capable of lasting thousand of years, shining a light on our planet’s resilience in the face of human intervention.

LIGHT PATTERNS | series reference this dynamic relationship primarily through the juxtaposition of dense color layers within an abstract geometric compositional structure. The color layers form cloud like patterns of light, which flow through and across the geometric boundaries of the surface  to communicate the ephemeral interplay of light and the tangible structure of the physical world. Richly textured patterns of color simultaneously define and erode the geometric boundaries within the paintings.

PORTALS | series works on Paper/Tyvek. This past year my Covid Days have been inspired by my daily walks on More Mesa Preserve, 400+ Acres of beautiful trails and steps to a pristine beach. On these walks I imagine Portals where mingling lines of magnetic force from the sun and Earth criss-cross and join to create openings where I can slip through for a short time. It is in these studies that I’m able to express the changing rhythmic patterns of line.

Vapours | series works on aluminum/canvas/Yupo that filter perception through the lens of nature, and lived experience. Through my observations I recreate the ephemeral as seen through the bubbling Vaporous forms of the circular light and color in the ever changing landscape. Wrapped Shapes bounded by curves that describe the continuous transitions of light and color.

V-SERIES/REBIRTH | geometry references the sensuality in the abstract.  I like to think these paintings dialogue with one another through the interaction of light patterns and geometric abstraction, which ultimately represents the synthesis and freedom of female energy and intimacy.

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MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2020 |Time & Memory, Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA, Tri-County Juried Exhibition: Juried By Christopher Miles Professor, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach

2019 | Brushstrokes, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA: Juried Exhibition: Juried By Jerry McLaughlin

2019 | Body & Soul, Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA, Tri-County Juried Exhibition: Juried By Roxanne Sexauer. 

2019 | Metamorphosis, Artists Council Inaugural Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert, CA, Juried Exhibition: Juried By Alma Ruiz and Mary Ingebrand-Poland.

2019| Wit and Whimsy, Selections from the Gifford Collection, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara

2018 | Creative Hands, Arts Council Exhibition, By Invitation. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA, 

2018 |  Nature Abstracted, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. 

2018 | Night & Day, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA. Annual Tri- County Juried Exhibition: Juried by Bob Alderette.

SOLO SHOW 2018

2018 | EQUIPOISE AN EXPLORATION OF COLOR LIGHT & NATURE, Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. 

AWARDS

2020 | Jurors Choice Award,  ArtSEE, Annual Art Show, Santa Barbara CA. Curated and Juried By Mariko Tabar

2019 | Forrest Doud Award, Brushstrokes, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA. Annual Juried Show 

2019 | Honorable Mention and Body & Soul Award, Body & Soul, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA. Tri-County, Juried Exhibition: Juried By Roxanne Sexauer

2018 | Jurors Award, Abstract Open lV, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA  

2017 | Jurors Award, AAC Abstract Open II, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition 

2016 | Honorable Mention, Summer Selections, JCC Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition 

2016 | Jurors Award, Abstract Open II, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition 

2016 | Jurors Award, Pathways: Carpinteria Arts Center, CA. Juried Exhibition 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 |Ready Go, LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. By Invitation

2021 | Fresh stART Auction, Los Angeles CA Visual Art Programs. By Invitation

2021 |GILD: LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Jordan Roth, Ro2 Art, Dallas, TX. By Invitation

2020 | 100 Grand Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Curator Susan Bush. By Invitation

2020 | 5 On the Rise (5 Women Show), GraySpace Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.  Curated by Ruth Ellen-Hoag

2020 |Non Secquitar, LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. Curated by Peter Mays 

2020 |Habitual, LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. Curated by Peter Mays

2020 | ArtSEE, 6th Annual Exhibition, JCC Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried Exhibition: Curated/Juried By Mariko Tabar

2020 | Field Of Vision, LAAA  Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. Curated by Peter Mays

2020 | Annual Auction, LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles, By Invitation, Peter Mays

2020 | Gleaming Apollo, LAAA Gallery  825 Los Angeles CA. Curated by Peter Mays

2020 | Petite Works, LAAA Gallery 825 Los Angeles CA. Curated by Peter Mays

2020 | Open To Abstraction, Faulkner West Gallery Santa Barbara, CA. Abstract Art Collective Annual Juried Exhibition: Juried By Jeremy Tessmer, Sullivan Goss Gallery

2020 | Works on Paper, SB Tennis Club, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated By Susan Tibbles, Juried By Sui Zimmerman

2019 | Whit & Whimsy, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Selections from the Michael & Nancy Gifford Collection. Produced by the Santa Barbara Country Arts Commision

2019 | 100 Grand Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Curated By Susan Bush. By Invitation

2019 | Fascinations, The AAC at State Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Hugh Margerum

2019 | Pulse Of LA 2019 SCWCA,  SOLA Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles CA.  Juried Exhibition: Juried By Holly Tempo

2019 | Brushstrokes, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA. Juried Exhibition:  Juried By Jerry McLaughlin

2019 | ArtSEE 5th Annual Exhibition, JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried Exhibition

2019 | Metamorphosis, Artists Council Inaugural Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Desert, CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Alma Ruiz. 

2019 | Nature Abstracted, Abstract Open IV Exhibition, Bettervaria Gallery, Santa Maria CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate

2019 | Unfettered,  In Honor of Women’s History Month, Avenue 50 Studio Inc, Highland Park CA. All Member Show Sponsored by SCWCA

2019 | Use The Other Door, Core Contemporary Gallery, Las Vegas NV. Juried Show: Juried By Nancy Good and Kim Johnson. 

2018

2018 | 100 Grand Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Curated By Susan Bush. By Invitation

2018 | Creative Hands, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA. Arts Council Exhibition. By Invitation

2018 | Abstract Open IV Exhibition, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Nancy Gifford

2018 | Nature Abstracted, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. 

2018 | Equipoise, Solo Exhibition, Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. 

2018 | Pulse Of LA 2019 SCWCA,  SOLA Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles CA.  Juried Exhibition: Juried By Katherine Harvath 

2018 | ArtSEE 4th Annual Exhibition, JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried Exhibition: Juried By Kerry Methner

2018 | Hear Our Voices! Avenue 50 Studio Inc, Highland Park CA. Juried Exhibition: Juried By Kathy Gallegos

2018 |  Night & Day! Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA. Tri-County, Juried Exhibition: Juried By Bob Alderette.

2018 |  Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice! Women’s Caucus For Art National Exhibition. Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried by Jill Moniz

2018 | STRIPES, BG Gallery Santa Monica CA. Curated By Om Bleicher

2018 | Bowie, Neutra Museum Gallery Silverlake CA.  Juried Exhibition: Juried & Curated By Dulce Stein

2018 | Annual Small Works Auction, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA. By Invitation

2017

2017 |   100 Grand Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Curated By Susan Bush. By Invitation

2017 | Pop Bang Wow! Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery CA. Curated By James Van Ardale. By Invitation

2017 | Sizzle Summer Show, Wall Space Gallery, Los Angeles CA.  Curated By Valda Lake. By Invitation

2017 | Spectrum Gestalt, BG Gallery Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA.  Curated By Om Bleicher. By invitation

2017 | That Blitz Mentality, Wall Space Gallery Los Angeles CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated By Valda Lake. By Invitation

2017 | Driven To Abstraction, 3 Woman Exhibition, Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Curated By William Fedderson

2017 | ArtSEE 4th Annual Exhibition, JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried Exhibition: Juried and Curated By Daniel Barnett

2017 | AAC Abstract Open III,  Juried Exhibition, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Juried Show: Curated and Juried By Lynn M.Holley

2017 |AAC Abstract Open II,  Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.  Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Nancy Gifford.

2016

2016 | THE NIGHT OPENS, BLAM Los Angeles CA.  Curated By Nadege Monchera Baer. By Invitation

2016 | Mayors Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara CA. Curated Joe LaCorte. By Invitation

2016 | Beyond Living Walls, Casa Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.  Juried Exhibition: Juried and Curated By Kerry Methner

2016 | Fiesta Azul, Casa Gallery, Santa Barbara CA,  Juried Exhibition:  Curated and Juried By Kerry Methner

2016 | Going Abstract, Carpinteria Arts Center, CA, Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Hugh Margerum. By Invitation

2016 | ArtSEE:International, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Jan Zeigler

2016 | Make Hay While The Sun Shines, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria CA.   Juried Exhibition: Juried and Curated By Arturo Tello

2016 | Abstract Open II, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Maiza Hixson

2016 | Pathways, Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA. Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Michael Drury

2016 | Imaginations, Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA,  Juried Exhibition: Curated and Juried By Tomas Van Stein.

Publications

2020 | Artists, ART, & Story : A Moment in Time 2020 

2020 | Shout Out LA  https://shoutoutla.com/meet-kerrie-smith-artist-curator-facilitator/

2020 | She Votes 100th Anniversary of the 100th Amendment SCWCA https://www.amazon.com/She-Votes-Anniversary-Nineteenth-Amendment/dp/B08NDXG1ZY

2020 | Spare a Square, Organized by Karrie Ross. https://www.artistartandstory.com/2020-book-12-spare-a-square/ https://www.artistartandstory.com/tag/kerrie-smith/

2019 | Metamorphosis, Arts Council Palm Springs.  https://issuu.com/jimriche10/docs/meta_catalog_3.12.19_final_r8_web

2019 | Los Angeles Art Association Volume 2. https://www.laaa.org/shop/laaa-catalog

2019 | Voyage LA, Interview. http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-kerrie-smith/

2018 | FullBlede Issue 4 The Pattern. http://www.sachabaumann.com/issue-four-the-pattern

2018 | Lunch Ticket Spotlight Patterns in Nature. https://lunchticket.org/spotlight-patterns-in-nature/

2018 | Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Women’s Caucus for Art. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Speaks-Lend-Your-Voice/dp/1939637163

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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

President: Arts Council Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA.   www.westmont.edu

Member: Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art, CA  www.nationalwca.org

Member: National Museum of Women in The Arts.  www.nmwa.org

Member: Los Angeles Art Association, CA.  www.laaa.org

Member: The Abstract Art Collective, Santa Barbara CA. www.abstractartcollective.com

Member: Santa Barbara Studio Artists, CA. www.santabarbarastudioartists.com

Member: Art Salon Santa Barbara, CA. A group of 14 Women.

Member: UAL: University of the Arts London England. www.arts.ac.uk/

 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Karen Borick, Santa Barbara CA | Dee Balson, Los Angeles CA | Pam Benham, Goleta CA | Michelle Cameron, Thousand Oaks CA | Becky & Mercedes Canizales, Los Angeles CA |  Sara Carr, Montecito CA  | Emma Davison, London UK | Jewell Dennis, Santa Barbara CA | Scott Dien, La Canada CA |  Devereux Foundation, Santa Barbara CA | Janet Gander-Guy, Santa Barbara CA | Jim Brehm, Los Angeles CA | Karen Gellert, Santa Barbara CA |  Michael & Nancy Gifford Collection, Montecito CA | Hillside House, Santa Barbara CA |  International Fund for Animal Welfare, Kenya | Issy Goldwasser, Palo Alto CA | Wendy & Patrick Kelly, Goleta,CA |  Diana Langley, Montecito CA | Susan and Hank Londoner, Tel Aviv Israel |  Linda Lorenzen-Hughes, Santa Barbara CA | Cynthia Martin, Santa Barbara CA |Monique Pierce, Santa Barbara CA | Carey Moore, Los Angeles CA | Ameeta Nanji, Venice CA |  Mark Navarro, Santa Barbara CA  |  Geraldine & Peter Otte, Santa Barbara CA | Rowena and Georgina Sharp, Wiltshire UK | Lucy Sunday, Los Angeles CA |  Randall Sunday, Goleta CA | Santa Barbara Arts Fund, CA | Santa Barbara Museum Off The Wall, CA | Sarah House Hospice, Santa Barbara CA | Angela Torin, Santa Barbara CA |  John Wells, London UK | Henry Weinberg, Beverly Hills CA | Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum 5×5, Montecito CA | Debra Aspinall, London UK | Pamela Wiscombe, Christchurch New Zealand 

WEBSITE: https://www.KerrieSmithArtist.Com
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/Kerrie_Smith_Artist

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