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 / 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, she founded 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.

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 Vapourous 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 intimacy.

WEB GALLERY REPRESENTATION
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

President: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Executive Arts Council, 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/

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2020 |Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Montecito CA, Tri-County. Juried Exhibition, Time & Memory. Juror Christopher Miles. 

2019 | San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA, Juried Show Brushstrokes, Juror Jerry McLaughlin

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

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

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

2018 | Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang CA. Nature Abstracted, Juror’s Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. Juried Show.

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

SOLO SHOW 2018

2018 | Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. Equipoise an Exploration of Color Light & Nature.

AWARDS

2020 | ArtSEE Annual Art Show, Santa Barbara CA. Curated/Juror Mariko Tabar. Jurors Choice Award 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 | Carpinteria Arts Center, CA. Pathways. Jurors Award.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

2020 | ArtSEE 6th Annual at JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried show, Curator/Juror Mariko Tabar.

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

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

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

2020 | Faulkner West Gallery Santa Barbara, CA. Abstract Art Collective Annual Show Open to Abstraction,  Juror Jeremy Tessmer.

2020 | SB Tennis Club, Santa Barbara CA. Works on Paper, Curated by Susan Tibbles, Juror Sui Zimmerman.

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

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

2019 |The AAC at State Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Fascinations, Curator Hugh Margerum.

2019 | South Bay SOLA Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles CA. Pulse of LA 2019 SCWCA, Juror Holly Tempo, Juried Show.

2019 | San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA. Juried Show Brushstrokes, Juror Jerry McLaughlin.

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

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

2019 | Bettervaria Gallery, Santa Maria CA. Abstract Art Collective, Abstract Open IV, Nature Abstracted. Juror’s Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. Juried Show.

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

2019 | Core Contemporary Gallery, Las Vegas NV. Use The Other Door. Curator’s Nancy Good/ Kim Johnson. Juried Show.

2018

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

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

2018 | Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Open IV, Juror Nancy Gifford. Juried Show.

2018 | Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang CA. Nature Abstracted. Juror’s Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. Juried Show.

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

2018 | South Bay SOLA Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles CA. Pulse Of LA, SCWCA 2018. Juror Katherine Harvath.

2018 | ArtSEE 4th Annual at JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried show. Curator Kerry Methner.

2018 | Avenue 50 Studio Inc, Highland Park CA. Hear Our Voices! Juried Show. Curator Kathy Gallegos.

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

2018 | Arena 1 Gallery Santa Monica CA. Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice! Women’s Caucus For Art National Show. Juried & Curated by Jill Moniz.

2018 | BG Gallery Santa Monica CA. Stripes, Curator Om Bleicher.

2018 | Neutra Museum Gallery Silverlake CA. Bowie, Juried & Curated by Dulce Stein.

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

2017

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

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

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

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

2017 | Wall Space Gallery Los Angeles CA.  “That Blitz Mentality” Juror and Curator Valda Lake. By Invitation.

2017 | Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Driven to Abstraction-3 Woman Show. Curator William Fedderson.

2017 | ArtSEE 4th Annual at JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried show. Curator Daniel Barnett.

2017 | Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. AAC Abstract Open III Juried Exhibition. Curator/Juror: Lynn M.Holley.

2017 | Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. AAC Abstract Open II. Juried Exhibition. Curator/Juror: Nancy Gifford.

2016

2016 | BLAM Los Angeles CA. 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 CA. Beyond Living Walls. Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.

2016 | Casa Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Fiesta Azul. Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.

2016 | Carpinteria Arts Center, CA, Going Abstract, Curator Hugh Margerum. By Invitation.

2016 |ArtSEE 3rd Annual at JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Arts Collective, Juried show.

2016 | Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. ArtSEE:International. By Invitation. Curator Jan Zeigler.

2016 |  Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria CA. Make Hay While The Sun Shines. Juried/Curator Arturo Tello.

2016 | Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. Abstract Open II, Juried Show, Curator Maiza Hixson.

2016 | Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA. Pathways. Juried Show, Curator Michael Drury.

2016 | Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA, Imaginations.  Juried Show, Curator Tomas Van Stein.

Publications

2020 | Spare a Square, Organized by Karrie Ross.

2019 | Metamorphosis, Arts Council Palm Springs.

2019 | Los Angeles Art Association Volume 2.

2019 | Voyage LA, Interview.

2018 | Full Blede Issue 4 The Pattern.

2018 | Lunch Ticket Spotlight Patterns in Nature.

2018 | Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Women’s Caucus for Art.

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 |  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 Langely, 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.KerrieSmith.net
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/Kerrie_Smith_Artist

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