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Suzy  Smith
American Beauty
OIL original on linen in gilded frame
20 x 24 in


Suzy Smith is a Wyoming native, who has lived in Albuquerque, NM, for the past 20 years. She started her career at the local community college in Casper, WY, where she also started her family when she was 18. Smith was recently invited to return to WY, where she had a one woman retrospective show, at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, where her work now resides in their permanent collection. She paints women from a female perspective, painting the uniquely American culture she grew up with. Smith paints strong, sensual, and sometimes vulnerable women. She adds to the narrative by adding iconic Pop Art backgrounds, such as dollar signs, numbers and American flags, which all add to the complexity and design of each painting. Smith has exhibited her work internationally, and her paintings are included in many private and public collections which include two Museums: The Museo Internacional de Arte in Guadalajara, Mexico, The Nicolayson Art Museum, the Howard Tullman collection, the Dryer's Grand Ice Cream Corporate Art Collection, and the Kaiser Foundation Art Collection.

I paint in a contemporary realistic style, creating paintings that portray women who are strong, women who are sensual, and women who are vulnerable. I paint these women from a female perspective, and place them against a background appropriated from iconic art images, mostly Pop Art, that adds to their story, such as dollar signs, numbers, and the American flag. The subtle narrative I can create pairing symbols and design with the look and mood of my model is what drives a painting, bringing cohesiveness to the piece. I feel that they are all self portraits in some way. Whereas my paintings used to be more of a 'Pin Up' style, using tongue in cheek humor, as is prevalent in Pop Art, they are evolving into a more thoughtful narrative, commenting on our current cultural climate. I believe it is up to the viewer to bring their own meaning to a painting.

Contemporary Realism is painting something as it appears, keeping it in a current context that is relevant in our own time.

Suzy Smith is newly represented exclusively in Santa Fe, NM with POP Gallery. Direct inquiries regarding pricing and availability to or by phone to 505.820.0788. We look forward to helping you add work by this prolific painter to your collection.

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