Adam D. Smith

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”As a realistic oil painter, one of my main goals in translating our environment onto canvas is to reach out to the viewer. I want the person looking at the painting - to look into it; to make them feel like they are there and they can walk through it. The intent is not just to create another pretty picture, but to immerse the viewer in the surroundings. It is also about more than just a view of a place. Each painting is a carefully calculated decision of composition, light and shadow, and spatial relationships, designed to tell a story and lead the viewer.”
—Adam D. Smith

Adam is a lifelong resident of Long Island, New York where the shores and surrounding landscape continue to be a constant source of inspiration. Many of his earliest drawings involved sunsets, water, boats and the beach, and have always possessed an exquisite attention to detail. As he grows older, his love for landscapes continues as does his obsession with technically precise renderings and “architectural” drawings. The execution and process of the creation is just as important as the finished product. Adam incorporates this way of thinking into his landscapes and other fine art.


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about the artist

”As a realistic oil painter, one of my main goals in translating our environment onto canvas is to reach out to the viewer. I want the person looking at the painting - to look into it; to make them feel like they are there and they can walk through it. The intent is not just to create another pretty picture, but to immerse the viewer in the surroundings. It is also about more than just a view of a place. Each painting is a carefully calculated decision of composition, light and shadow, and spatial relationships, designed to tell a story and lead the viewer.”
—Adam D. Smith

Adam is a lifelong resident of Long Island, New York where the shores and surrounding landscape continue to be a constant source of inspiration. Many of his earliest drawings involved sunsets, water, boats and the beach, and have always possessed an exquisite attention to detail. As he grows older, his love for landscapes continues as does his obsession with technically precise renderings and “architectural” drawings. The execution and process of the creation is just as important as the finished product. Adam incorporates this way of thinking into his landscapes and other fine art.

Early on, Adam drew inspiration from local genre painter, William Sydney Mount whom he studied during school field trips to area art museums and the former home of the artist. Adam’s interest in realistic art, detail and technique peaked with the discovery of well known photorealist, Richard Estes. Awe struck with the Estes images he saw in New York City galleries and museums Adam was further driven to define his own niche in the art world.

Adam’s appreciation of art history grew and he gained insight from artists he discovered in High School and college. These artists range from the Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, to American painters like Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper and of course, beloved Illustrator, Norman Rockwell. In college he was introduced to the landscape artists of the Hudson River School and more contemporary, technically adept illustrators such as Mark Fredrickson, Tim O’Brien and Michael J. Deas. Adam is a graduate of Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, in Syracuse, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in illustration. For the last sixteen years, his award winning work has appeared in many local, national and international exhibits and shows, printed materials, and publications.

Although Adam works in a variety of media, the bulk of his work is created in oil, acrylic, or mixed media. He prefers oil on canvas because oil paint lends itself to his favored technique of thinly layering paint, building it up to create depth, shadow and physical presence. In addition, this adds the rich shimmering feel that engages each viewer and beckons them to explore his paintings further.

Adam is continually working on commissioned paintings, both commercial and private, and also works as an Art Director at Searles Graphics Inc.


exhibitions

  • 2011 - Fiedler Gallery, Greenport, NY
  • 2006-2009 - Christopher Gallery, Stony Brook, NY including special exhibits:
    2009 - 3-Artist Featured Exhibit
    2007 - “Americana”
    2007 - “By the Sea”
  • 2007 - 28th Annual Mystic International, Mystic Seaport Maritime Art Gallery
  • 2007 - Guild Hall of East Hampton’s 69th Annual Members Exhibit
  • 2006 - Guild Hall of East Hampton’s 68th Annual Members Exhibit
  • 2005 - Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada
  • 2000-2005 - Artists Gallery- Greenport, New York - Featured Local Artist
  • 2005 - Guild Hall of East Hampton’s 67th Annual Members Exhibit
  • 2003 - Florence Biennale, Italy
  • 2000 - The Bellport Lane Art Gallery - Group Exhibit
  • 1999 - East Islip Public Library Arts Council 14th Annual Juried Art Show
  • 1998 - East Islip Public Library Arts Council 13th Annual Juried Art Show
  • 1995 - Syracuse University Undergraduate Summer Art Exhibit
  • 1993 - Syracuse University Foundation Art Exhibit
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