I am influenced by many things – vintage punk rock, VHS tapes, internet blogs, WWI battle ships, beat-up amps, and custom guitars all play a role in the development of my paintings and digital prints. For the past four years, the notion of ‘cycle’ has played an increasing role within my studio practice. During this time, I became interested in how avant-garde movements succeed and fail within popular culture. Most recently, I have been focusing … Read More
For over 30 years I have photographed a particular social and cultural group of children. Before my eyes and in front of my camera they have passed through adolescence into young adulthood. My goal throughout has been to portray not how the world sees them, but how they see themselves. I began by working with one child at a time, but as my subjects have grown up and matured, people and relationships have replaced toys … Read More
I was born in upstate New York. My artistic roots are in the East Village New York City scene of the 1980s. I mingled with the great and the obscure, and found a wealth of riches in all corners. I have worked with David Salle, Karole Armitage, Robert Longo, and Gretchen Bender. My work has shown in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and here in Arkansas. Little Rock is my home since 1990. My brain is … Read More
I have worked with silverpoint for more than 30 years. The fine line of silverpoint and the ethereal qualities of the metal have captured my focus. These attributes lend themselves well to the natural forms that I draw. My drawings depict a focus on spirituality and strength. The drawing titled The Messengers showcases flowers used as my vehicle for expression. – Marjorie Williams-Smith Williams-Smith’s work is also featured in the Arkansas Arts Center Collection.
The Faces of the Delta Series consists of several silverpoint and large-scale graphite pencil drawings to portray individuals living in relatively remote isolated communities of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. This series of drawings celebrate the gift of honesty and majestic ordinariness, even when faced with political, economic, and social deprivation. – Aj Smith
I am fascinated by what is hidden in the shadows and exposed by the light. I explore the qualities of natural and artificial light, and juxtapose them within my pastel images. In my artwork, the light and darkness is applied in endless color variations, always looking for a vibrancy between them. I want to show that ordinary moments can be extraordinary, when light and shadows work their effect. The figures, interiors, and landscapes around us … Read More
Though viewers can engage with my work visually, their other senses may be triggered as well. The hot reds and prickly textures suggest sharpness and burning. Cloud-like swells of delicate pink paint suggest a sweet taste. Big globs of gestural paint next to small repeated marks imply motion and possibly a sound both loud and lulling. The over-sensuousness of the work invites us to pay attention. Becoming aware of our senses and desires is part … Read More
Even though I have had full time jobs until I retired in 2011, art has always been a major part of my life. I express myself visually far more than with any other sense. While I have had some formal training as an Art major in college, my creative development has been the result of constant activity across many genres. My artistic endeavors grew from simple line drawings that were filled with abstract forms to … Read More