Blu Smith

Blu Smith, a Canadian abstract artist, approaches his art as a dynamic and ever-changing entity rather than individual pieces. His paintings are vibrant, powerful, and carry a sense of life.

Initially, Smith embarked on a journey to liberate himself from the technical confines of realism. Through the exploration of non-representational abstraction, he discovered and nurtured his distinctive artistic voice.

In his recent body of work, Smith draws inspiration from organic shapes deeply rooted in nature. These organic structures harmoniously coexist with expansive, light-filled spaces influenced by the mesmerizing landscapes of Canada's West Coast. The combination creates an ethereal radiance, lending each atmospheric piece an almost otherworldly quality.

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Blu Smith Biography


Canadian abstract artist Blu Smith views his vibrant and powerful paintings not as individual pieces but rather as a living, breathing and constantly evolving body of work. His mature style began as an exercise to free himself from the technical restraints of realism, and exploring non-representational abstraction drove the evolution of his unique artistic voice.

Moving with his family to a rural area of Vancouver Island was a seminal moment for Smith, when his abstraction began to combine with the landscape of the Canadian West Coast. His subject matter has since been based on organic shapes with strong ties to nature; the organic structures are balanced with cavernous, light-filled spaces inspired by the West Coast of Canada, giving each atmospheric piece an almost other-worldly glow.

Beginning with broad washes and textures, Smith identifies and develops the three- dimensional shapes within the structures, finally resolving the surface with incisive drawing. He uses a combination of brushwork and palette knife, heavy texture complemented by thin layers of transparent glazes, and is less concerned with detail than pursuit of the canvas working overall. "The viewer" he says, " needs to use some imagination to fill in the gaps."

Smith has exhibited his work to great acclaim throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. for several years. Hugely respected by both public and critics, he has created a unique and memorable voice in a competitive world; a voice he describes as "modern abstraction infused with an organic flavour", or "a sense of place with a contemporary aesthetic." As one reviewer wrote,  "The work of Canadian abstract artist, Blu Smith, is at first, an invitation to the phenomenal. And then, as the audience, you are there."   Samantha Matcovsky. (The Huffington Post.)

"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." 

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