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About Mark T. Smith

In works on paper and canvas, mixed media, found objects, and wood, painter and sculptor Mark T. Smith studies and interprets graffiti, hip-hop, pop culture, and the heavily designed visual environments of the contemporary city. “I believe that artists have a responsibility to communicate to the public on a wide variety of topics,” he says. “Being an artist means in a larger sense being a problem-solver. Most artists have an unusual way of looking at problems and challenges. This can be a useful and interesting contribution.” Smith believes that art must be integrated into the fabric of everyday life. Classically trained as a draughtsman, he begins with observational drawing, revisions, and sketches on paper, then moves on to larger works on canvas or three-dimensional media. Smith’s practice combines traditional mark-making techniques, Color Field experimentation, and automatic writing.

American, b. 1968