~ L E A H S M I T H S O N ~
Visual Artist and Sculpture
Our world is full of uncanny spaces worked into landscapes just waiting for us to get lost in. Some of those places are naturally occurring. Others are constructed. We can be carried away by something as large as a mountain or lose ourselves in something as small as the iris of the eye. I paint portraits of a parallel world to create rabbit holes of experiences through which we can escape, connect to others, and return back to our own world transformed.
You'll also notice that in much of my work, I’m seeking to honor decay as a symbol of the triumph of a joyful spirit through life’s many experiences. Many regard decay as something disgusting. Using paint, fine porcelain, mother-of-pearl and gold, I urge us to be drawn to something we usually cringe at; even when the decay is destroying another object. Or maybe, it’s making the object more beautiful. Depends on your perspective.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND HONORS
Mary Logan Bikoff, Atlanta Magazine, “Clay Time: 9 Georgia-made ceramics we love”, April 2017
Mary Logan Bikoff, Atlanta Magazine, “Atlanta artist Leah Smithson creates whimsical jewelry based on her surrealist paintings”, February 2017
Berta Amelinaite, “Have You Ever Wondered What Goes On In An Artist’s Head?”, Modern Nothings (Blog), November 18, 2016. http://modernnothings.com/interview-leah-smithson/
The Hedonist Magazine (Blog), “LEAH SMITHSON’S Interview | Art As A Fresh Perspective: TALON AND THE SUNEATERS”, October 26, 2016. https://www.thehedonistmagazine.com/2016/10/26/leah-smithsons-interview-art-as-a-fresh-perspective-talon-and-the-suneaters/
Brecken Branstrator, National Jeweler, "Is Art Jewelry Poised to Take Off?"
Amy Carabba, CBS Good Morning Sacramento, Wearable Art, July 20, 2014
Sergey Kireev of Tribe Magazine, "Gallery Friends," Alberta Gallery, April 6, 2013.
Damon Youmans ,"Artist Bio," DY Magazine, access Date: January/February 2011.
Sane, "Leah Smithson, Splashing in the Bay Area," Gallops, Finds, and Tales (Blog) Tuesday,
March 15, 2011. http://saneartworksblog.blogspot.com
Maia Sylba, "Leah Smithson Evoking Emotions," Musetouch (Blog) Tuesday, October 10, 2010.
2018 Summer Salon, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Pop-up Exhibition, California Market Center, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Pop-up Exhibition, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
2014 Solo Pop-up Exhibition, Resist + Remember, DijitalFix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 – 2014 Exhibiting, Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco, CA
2013 Group Exhibition, See.me, SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL
2013 Solo Exhibition, Ishan Project, 365 Day Online Anthropologic Public Awareness Project, leahsmithson.com/blog.html, Worldwide
2011 Solo Exhibition, The Remedy, Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010 Group Exhibition, Art Walk, San Francisco, CA
2010 Group Exhibition, Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Group Exhibition, S.C.R.E.A.M., Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco, CA
2009 Group Exhibition, S.C.R.E.A.M. (Online Gallery Curated by Leo Madrid), San Francisco, CA
2005 Group Exhibition, 2nd Saturday, Sacramento, CA
Art Institute of Atlanta – Graduated in 2000 with a Degree in Graphic Design, Atlanta, GA