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Chris D. Smith

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Untitled IM30, 2013 Acrylic, Collage and Charcoal on Panel © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM20, 2010 Acrylic and Charcoal on Panel 16" X 20" © Walnut Ink Gallery
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Untitled IM41, 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal and Oil on Canvas 9 X 11 Inches © Chris D Smith
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Binders, 2011 Acrylic, Charcoal and Oil on Panel 24" X 18" © Wlanut Ink Gallery
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BPOS2, 2013 Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal on Panel © Chris D. Smith
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My Circles, 2010 Acrylic on Panel 36" X 40" © Walnut Ink Gallery
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Untitled IM23, 2012 Acrylic and Oil on Panel 24” X 18” © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM37, 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal, Graphite and Collage on Panel 9 X 11 Inches © Chris D Smith
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Untitled IM14, 2009 Acrylic, Charcoal and Oil on Canvas 60" X 50" © Chris D Smith
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Blinders 2, 2011 Acrylic, Charcoal and Oil on Panel 24" X 18" © Chris D Smith
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Untitled IM26, 2012 Acrylic, Collage and Oil on Panel 9 X 11 Inches © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM28, 2013 Acrylic and Collage on Panel © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM29(ek), 2013 Acrylic, Oil, Charcoal and Collage on Panel © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM31, 2014 Acrylic, Collage and Charcoal on Panel © Chris D. Smith
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Untitled IM38, 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal and Oil on Canvas 9 X 11 Inches © Chris D Smith
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Quizás Mañana, 2015 Acrylic, Collage and Transfer on Panel 9 X 11 Inches © Chris D Smith
Quick Facts
Lives in
Chicago, IL
Works in
Chicago, IL
Schools
Eastern Illinois University, 2009, MA
Northern Illinios University, 1998, BS
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tags
mixed-media, abstract
Statement

Chris D Smith

Lives and works in Chicago, IL
cdsmithstudio.com
chris@cdsmithstudio.com

"In contemporary art making, the languages of abstraction are almost inextricable from their academic and theoretical histories, but instead of simply reiterating any of these well-worn dialogues, I opt to only sample them. I have found within this long history of abstract painting many of the tools I use to carry out my own intellectual and aesthetic goals. The pains, joys, failures, challenges and accomplishments that I have experienced in the past, and my anxious anticipations of the future, each find a metaphorical place in the forms, palettes and textures that play out in my work.

Just as time is inherent in what our lives become, as is the process by which a painting is crafted. Purposefully exposing the layered history of my paintings, I instill the works with a complexity that mirrors that of a human experience. I aim for the tension and harmony that result from contrasting organic and geometric forms, neutral and saturated tones, and smooth and rough surfaces to both stimulate the viewer’s emotional and cerebral capacities as well as express my own perceptions and experiences.

I am calloused, tainted, and enlightened"