Jack Richard Smith

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Jack Richard Smith
Taos, New Mexico - United States

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WEBSITE:  WWW.JACKRICHARDSMITH.COM





 ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jack Smith – (b. 1950) is a mature painter who utilizes the painting techniques developed during the Northern European Renaissance.  Smith received his formal training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Columbus College of Arts and Design, the Instituto de Allende at San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico and Thomas Jefferson College.
 
Reflecting a profound knowledge of art history and an alchemist's sense of the painting craft, Jack Smith has forged his own place amongst the most powerful of contemporary portraitists working in America.  Smith received the prestigious Past Achievement Award from the Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts in California following an important solo exhibition entitled, Jack Smith: Taos Portraits, held at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico in 2004.  The exhibition featured fifty portraits of Taos, New Mexico residents, executed between 2000 and 2003. The series provided a visual biography of the unique artistic community at the turn of the century.  Portrait subjects ranged from the famous to the infamous -- including artists, musicians, actors, writers, art patrons, Native peoples, and the humanity of the street.

Smith’s most recently completed project entitled, Portrait of American Poets spans a selection of thirty esteemed American poets being recognized for their seminal contributions to the literary compass of American writing.  The portrait series was purchased in 2011 for the permanent collection at the Writers Center/ L.V. Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011  Portraits of American Poets.  Permanent Collection.  Writers Center / L.V.
              Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
          Max Siegel Fine Art, San Diego, CA
2010  Portrait of Dennis and Henry Hopper.  Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
          Portraits of American Poets.  Key West Literary Seminar. Customs House
              Museum, Key West, FL
2009  Jack Smith: Selected Watercolors.  Galeria Panza Verde, Antigua, Guatemala
          Portraits of American Poets.  Cornell Museum, Winter Park, FL
2008  Anomaly: Recent Paintings by Jack Smith.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2006  Jack Smith: Recent Paintings. Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2004  Jack Smith: Recent Paintings.  Parks Gallery, Taos, NM
2004  Jack Smith: Taos Portraits and Wayne Thiebaud: City/Country.  Harwood
             Museum, Taos, NM
2000  Jaqueline Loyd Contemporary, Ranchos de Taos, NM
1999  Las Casas de los Valles.  Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago, IL
1998  Jack Smith: Recent Paintings.  Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago, IL
1992  The Print Gallery, Southfield, MI Nudes and Food
          Dennos Museum, Traverse City. MI The Triumph of Light
          Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI A Light from Within
1991  Sutton Bay Galleries, Suttons Bay, MI
1988  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2012  Obama's America: The American Center for the Arts, Paris, France
          Taos Artists: Metropolitan State College Art Center, Denver Colorado
2009  Recent Work:  Larry Bell, Ron Davis, Charles Strong and Jack Smith.  203
              Gallery, Taos, NM
2008  Art of the Human Canvas.  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 
              Toronto, Canada
2008  Figure North, Figure South.  Lofts Galleria, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2006  Spirited Expressions.  Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
          Eye to Eye.  Cornell Museum, Winter Park, Florida
2005  Scenes of American Labor.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
          Face to Face: Selected American Portraits.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara
2004  Jack Smith: Taos Portraits and Wayne Thiebaud: City/Country.  Harwood  
               Museum, Taos, NM
          Face to Face: Selected American Portraits.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara
          Eighth Annual Small Images Show.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
          The History of the Nude in the Art of California.  Sullivan Goss, Santa
               Barbara, CA
2003  Eighth Annual Small Images Show.  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
          The History of the Nude in the Art of California.  Sullivan Goss, Santa
               Barbara, CA
1994  Bunting Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
1993  MCC Gallery, Muskegon, MI
1993  Perception Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
1991  Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
1990  Perception Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
1985  Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
1983  Max Siegel Fine Art, Taos, NM
1981  La Fonda de Taos Gallery, Taos, NM
 

SELECTED PORTRAIT SUBJECTS AND COMMISSIONS


Derek Walcott, Nobel Laureate, Castries, St. Lucia
W.S. Merwin, Pulitzer Prize recipient, Haiku, Hawaii
Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate, New York/Winter Park, Florida
Donald Hall, Wilmot, New Hampshire
Ted Koozer, United States Poet Laureate, Kearney, Nebraska
Dennis Hopper, Los Angeles, California
Michael Brown, Director/Producer, Serac Films, Boulder, Colorado
David Crosby, Musician, Santa Barbara, California
Ed Healy, Philanthropist, Taos, New Mexico
Tom and Lynn Meredith, Philanthropist, Austin, Texas
Portraits of Texas Musicians / Texas Music Hall of Fame, Tom and Lynn Meredith,
David Brown, Film Maker, Glasgow, Scotland
Quincy Troupe, Poet, Harlem, New York


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Alex and Gabriela Schischlik, UNESCO / Director, Paris, France
Antonia von Salm, Southampton, LI, New York and Los Angles, California
Arturo Peralta Ramos, New York, New York
Dan Gerber, Santa Ynez, California
Daniel Morris, New York, New York
David Brown, Glasgow, Scotland
David and Jan Crosby, Santa Barbara, California
Dean Stockwell, Taos, New Mexico
DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Dharma Properties Collection, Del Rey Beach, Florida
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
Jim and Linda Harrison, Livingston, Montana
Dennis Hopper Estate, Los Angeles, California
Jo and Barry Berkus Collection, Santa Barbara, California
Kenny White, West Village, New York, New York
Larry Bell, Taos, New Mexico/ Venice Beach, California
Laurel Jacobson, Antigua, Guatemala.
Mel Wiener and Pamela Cooke, Los Angeles, California
Michael Brown, Boulder, Colorado
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
Neil Libbert, London England
Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, California
Peter and Madeline Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts, San Francisco, CA
Richard Siegel Estate, San Diego, California
Richard Brautigan Estate, Livingston, MT
Tom and Lynn Meredith, Austin, Texas
Tom Richardson, San Diego, California
Tim Allan, Los Angeles, California
Williams-Meyer, Corn Close, North Cumbria, United Kingdom


PUBLICATIONS

Jack Smith Recent Paintings.  Exhibition catalogue, Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago, Illinois.  Forward by Rudolph Wunderlich.  1998 / page 1.
 
Las Casas de los Valles.  Exhibition catalogue, Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago Illinois.  Forward by Rudolph Wunderlich.  1999 / page 1.
 
Visual Fetishization, Painter Jack Smith Combines Bravura Technical Ability with Exploration of the Weird. By Tom Collins, Albuquerque Journal. Aug 18, 2000 / pg 4.
 
Jack Smith: The Taos Portraits.  Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico.  Catalogue forward by John Nichols.  2004 / pages 5-6.
 
Cornell’s New Look, The Orlando Sentinel, January 20, 2006 / page 4.
 
Jack Smith.  Interview.  Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, California, December 22, 2006 / page 41.

One Thousand and One Words - Jack Smith.  Santa Fe Trend Magazine.  By Keiko Ohnuma.  Photos by Bill Stengel.  Fall 2010/Winter 2011 / pages. 96-97