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Duane Reed Gallery
Saint Louis

Brian D. Smith

Brian D. Smith' seventh solo exhibition at the Duane Reed Gallery explores themes of memory and process. A dedicated painter, his recent artwork conveys a spirited, emotional and painterly quality by way of dazzling optical effects. Bold shapes of color and texture interact with pattern and collage to form the likeness of places found in the natural world. The dynamic play of space welcomes the viewer into scenes that are open to interpretation. Distinct and direct, Smith's new paintings continue to push the formal elements of abstract expressionism towards a fresh and eclectic blend of symbolism and figuration.

Brian Smith is Professor of Visual Art and Visual Art Program Coordinator,
St. Charles Community College, St. Peters, MO

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“Fresh and challenging aptly describes Brian Smith.  Over the past few years, Smith’s landscapes have followed a course from expressionist to abstract expressionist to pure abstraction.  It’s been a natural progression for Smith, and a wise one.  Smith allows his innate sense of movement and color to seize the reigns.  Thick, sweeping brush strokes flurry about on the canvas; occasional paint drips remain, dried and untouched, adding to the works textural depth; Smith’s wonderful palette of bright golds, deep reds and vibrant greens lives up to the standards of his previous work.  Smith has the capability to keep things in order, to present images in a manner that we find familiar and identifiable.  (He) has taken the next step – that of creating a shared experience through the abstract conveyance of emotion and feeling.”        
Excerpt from “Revitalizing The Abstract”, by Jeff Daniels, St. Louis Post Dispatch,  June 5, 1997.


1989      M.F.A., Painting, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1984      B.F.A., Painting, Boston University, Boston, MA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018      Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2015      Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
              Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL
2014      McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
2013      Siba Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012      "Presence & Recollections", Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
              Brian D Smith: Pathways Through Color, Tinnin Art Center, Poplar Bluff, MO
2009      Building Color: Brian D. Smith, Abstract Paintings, River Campus Art Gallery, SE Missouri State Univ. Cape Giradeau, MO
2006      Brian D. Smith: New Paintings, R Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis
2005      Open Space: The Art of Landscape, Art St. Louis
              Surfaces: Within and Without, Art St. Louis
2004      Ovals, Meramec Community College, St. Louis, MO
              Chesterfield Arts, Chesterfield, MO
              Mapping Memory, Art St. Louis
2003      Brian D. Smith: New Paintings, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis
              53rd Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy, IL
              Primordial I: Water, Art St. Louis, Juried Exhibition
2002      Clear Color: Brian D. Smith, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
2001      Brian D. Smith: New Work, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis
              New Works on Paper, Juried Exhibition, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
              51st Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, The Quincy Arts Center, Quincy, IL
              Provenance Art Center, Louisiana, MO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011      XXVII: The Exhibition, Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
              Summer Exhibit, Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
              Fine Line, Invitgational Exhibition, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2009      Drawings That Work, Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
              Paintings, Prints and Prophets: Brian D. Smith & Michael Beusking, Davis Art Gallery, Columbia, MO
              Home Grown, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
              The Holga Polka, Invitational, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
              XXV: The Exhibition, Juror: Sheryl Conkelton, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2008      XXIV: The Exhibition, Juror: Mark Masuoka,  (Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art) Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
              Painting, The National Competition, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
2006      Flat Files, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Selected Corporate Collections

              Wells Fargo, St. Louis, MO
              Macy's Dept. Stores: St. Louis, MO; Houston, TX; Columbia, MO; Independence, MO; Franklin, TN
              Emerson Electric, St. Louis, MO
              Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
              Herzog, Crebs, McGhee, St. Louis, MO
              Polsinelli, Shalton, Flanigan, Suelthaus: St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; Washington, DC
              Husch, Blackwell and Sanders, LLP, Denver, CO


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St. Louis, MO 63108
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