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Blu Smith is best known for his broad washes and textures while pulling out and developing 3D shapes within the structures. He then attempts to resolve the surface with incisive line drawing.  Smith explains "I look at my paintings not as individual pieces but rather as a living, breathing and constantly changing body of work. It really does take on a life of its own," Smith says about his process. His subject matter is based on organic shapes with strong ties to nature, balanced with cavernous spaces that are filled with light so as to glow with an atmospheric quality.”

Smith lives in Victoria, on the west coast of Canada, with his wife and young family. He's exhibited work throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. for several years.

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Blu  Smith Silver Light

Silver Light


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Blu  Smith Silver Light
Silver Light

 
Blu  Smith Hold your breath
Hold Your Breath

 
Blu  Smith Lay your cards
Lay Your Cards Down

 
Blu  Smith Sight Seeing
Sight Seeing

 
Blu  Smith Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones

 

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Blu  Smith

Blu Smith

Blu Smith Description

As a young man Blu worked as a sign painter and commercial artist, developing his skills for accuracy and precision. These are the very attributes that he found restricting in his painting. His mature style as an abstract painter began as an exercise to free himself from the technical restraints of realism. Non representational abstract became a creatively freeing direction that evolved into his unique voice as an artist. “I look at my paintings not as individual pieces but rather as a living, breathing and constantly evolving body of work. It really does take on a life of its own.”.  His subject matter is based from organic shapes with strong ties to nature. The organic structures are balanced with cavernous spaces and are filled with light that glow with an atmospheric quality. Typically, he begins with broad washes and textures, then pulls out and develops 3 dimensional shapes within the structures, finally resolving the surface with incisive drawing. The results are glowing organic abstractions. “My work is about the diversity of two different states and the transitions between the two. The real interest lies in bridging the gap between structure and space, foreground and background.”  Victoria, on the west coast of Canada, is where Blu lives and works with his wife and growing young family. Blu has exhibited his work throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. for several years.

SOLO EXHIBITS

2016 Nov.- The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, Canada

2016 Feb- Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2015 April- The Daffodil Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

2014 September- The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, Canada

2014 February- Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2013 September- Webster Galleries, Calgary, Canada

2013 February - The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, Canada

2011 March- The Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria, Canada

2010 April- Gallery at Matticks Farm, Victoria, Canada

2008 February- On Canvas Gallery, Victoria, Canada

2004 November- Hambleton Fine Art, Vancouver, Canada

2002 August- Signature Spaces, Victoria, Canada

2001 August- Romano Deco, Victoria, Canada,

1993 Pop, Vancouver, Canada

 

GROUP EXHIBITS

2016 March- The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY USA

2015 Sept- The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY USA

2015 April- Love Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2012 December- "Red Dot" Art Fair, Miami Florida, USA

2012 March- "Artistic Pairings" Blu Smith and Ron Parker, Avenue Gallery, Victoria

2012 February- "Transcending Reality", Webster Galleries, Calgary Ab

2011 September- "Go Big or Go Home", Avenue Gallery, Victoria

2010 September- "Art in Cognito" Vancouver school of Art, Victoria

2010 February- Nevada Museum Of Fine Art, Las Vegas Nevada, USA

2009 December- Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2009 February- View St Gallery, Victoria

2008 December- "International Contemporary Masters", California

2008 October- "Transform Art", Vancouver

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