Abstract Impressionism

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Samantha Keely Smith

Samantha Keely Smith, a contemporary abstract impressionist, was born in Harlow, Essex, England. She is now New York-based artist. She moved to the United States as a child with her family. Samantha grew up for the most part in New Jersey and partially in Michigan. She started her College Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She also attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she earned her BFA in Painting, with Honors. Since 1999 Samantha Keely Smith has exhibited her work in several venues, including her Solo Exhibition at the prestigious ACA Galleries in 2005, which

comprised an overview of her work from 1999 to 2005 and included 20 paintings. Beautifull example of abstract impressionism.

The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality. The work is painted and partially destroyed many times before completion, resulting in a complex surface that is informed by the limits of the materials themselves in conjunction with a response to the traces of the painting’s former incarnations.

Samantha Keely Smith's Statement:
My work explores the continual struggle to integrate the dual worlds

in which we exist: the external world which is the sum of our sensory experiences, and the inner world of our mind and emotions, and our physical and visceral existence. It looks at the interdependence of contrasting and often contradictory realities or viewpoints; the idea that in order to truly appreciate beauty and light, one must allow for the necessity of the dark truths that are as much a part of our lives as the innate pull towards hope. Order and chaos, the cerebral and the instinctive, sacred and profane- each requires the other. This is a space where there is the opportunity to begin to accept chance and accident. A place where one can surrender, if only for a moment, to loss of control and the freedom that this can bring, and where the boundaries of place and time are not relevant.