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Tom Smith: Secondary Harvest

 
Trained as an architect, Tom Smith creates sculptures and paintings starting with natural materials as a base. He manipulates grape vines, branches and twigs while growing to get his desired shapes and gestures. He then harvests and assembles the pieces to craft his sculptures.

According to Smith, “I look for the misshapen or sun-bleached, the angled or sensually curved. Invasive vines, seedpods, rocks and leaves are staple ingredients for my sculptures, which in turn, become studies for my paintings on a larger scale.”

His paintings then reference the sculptures through texture and imagery, composing abstract scenes that exploit the contrast between organic and hard angled lines. The resulting works speak to each other, creating a dialogue of process and craft.

Curated by David Borawski.


About Tom Smith
Smith studied under American landscape painter Robert Starkey and continued his studies with painter Akira Arita at Rhode Island School of Design. Tom furthered his education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied with William Katavolos and sculptor Haresh Lalvani. At Hampshire College, Tom rounded out his artistic studies with Arthur Hoener and Curt Barnes and, at Mount Holyoke College, with Leonard DeLonga.

Smith went on to the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech, where he studied under Olivio Ferrari and Salahuddin Choudhury. He later studied with Allyn Massey at the Corcoran Gallery’s Concoran College of Art, in Washington, D.C.

Tom’s sculptures and paintings have been shown in venues including the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Conn.; Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, Conn.; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; and the Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York.

Tom Smith lives and works in Connecticut.

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