As Smith, a resident artist of Studios Inc, describes the process and inspiration for his work, his focus revolves around ideas of gesture, order, the unexpectedly beautiful, and communicating the intangible. His radio talk will be on KCUR 89.3fm this Friday 9/2 at 5:45 AM, 7:45 AM, and 9:45 AM.
“Navah is about painting, yet it includes a range of materials that extend beyond the traditional paint medium to include plaster and industrial materials. I love the process that exists through the manipulation of their endless combinations. Through this process, I establish marks that
become as perfect as a gesture — those simple, quick moments informed by a lifelong pursuit. Through making this work, I strive to understand the nature of order, as I tend to find it lacking in my everyday life. I strive to make beautiful paintings composed of materials that are not independently considered beautiful.”
Navah: to bring home and make beautiful
Smith received his B.F.A. from Emporia State University and his M.F.A. from Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale. Smith taught at both of alma maters before relocating to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2002. In 2003, he opened Gallery HQ, an alternative contemporary art space that occupied locations in the West Bottoms and in the Crossroads Gallery District. In 2004, Smith closed Gallery HQ to dedicate his time and energy to developing Studios Inc, where he currently serves as Director, and to focus on his career as a professional artist. Smith continues to create and exhibit multi-media work, featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest. His work has been featured in the book Glass Art International and has been reviewed nationally and regionally in publications such as Sculpture and Review.
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