MARC STRAUS

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Clive Smith is a highly trained British painter interested in how contemporary painting can speak to modern societal issues.

For two decades Smith primarily focused on portraits, including self-portraits. Much like Lucian Freud, these paintings capture the emotional density of the sitter. Now in his recent work, Smith focusses on his research into advances within genomic technology, specifically the studies scientists were conducting with endangered species. These molecular biologists had set themselves the goal of re-engineering previously extinct species and returning them to life. Smith now blends various species with paintings, thus, altering their DNA, to become a new, extraordinary subspecies.

In another new series of paintings, Smith ruminates on the insatiable demand of modern consumer culture. As an effect of mass industrialization, we often discard broken, disposable things and replace them with the next design trend. This unintentionally contributes to pollution.

Referencing the Japanese art of Kintsugi – repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold or silver to highlight the breakage – Smith is interested in how breakage and repair becomes part of the object’s history and dignity, and is viewed as beautiful. By breaking a plate and gluing it back together, Smith found accidental “ready made” broken lines to work around and within. Approaching each plate as he would a portrait painting, and bestowing it with personality like hard-worn wrinkles through the luscious application of paint, Smith blurs the lines between realism and abstraction, Fine Art and Applied Art.

Smith presents an unapologetic and authentic presence of these objects with exquisite mastery. They make us think about how we value the hand made, what is art, what is beautiful, what is enduring and what is transient.

Smith (b. 1967, St. Albans, England) lives and works in New York. In 1999 he won First Prize, BP Portrait Award, at London’s National Portrait Gallery. He has had numerous museum exhibitions that include the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK. His work is in many public collections such as in the Cleveland Museum of Art, US; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, KC, US; and the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

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Selected Works
Bierstadt Dove (Columba Sunrise in the Hetch Hetchy Valley), 2023
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 in (76.25 x 61 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Clive Smith

Bierstadt Dove (Columba Sunrise in the Hetch Hetchy Valley), 2023
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 in (76.25 x 61 cm)

2023
Oil on linen
16 x 16 in (40.75 x 40.75 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Cole Pigeon (Columba North Mountain and Catskill Creek)

2023
Oil on linen
16 x 16 in (40.75 x 40.75 cm)

Friedrich Richter Dovecote, 2023
Oil on wood panel
32 x 19.25 in (81.25 x 49 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Clive Smith

Friedrich Richter Dovecote, 2023
Oil on wood panel
32 x 19.25 in (81.25 x 49 cm)

2022
Oil on Linen
Framed: 29 x 24 in (73.66 x 61 cm)
Unframed: 24 x 20 in (61 x 50.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Riley Duck (Anatidae arrest 2)

2022
Oil on Linen
Framed: 29 x 24 in (73.66 x 61 cm)
Unframed: 24 x 20 in (61 x 50.8 cm)

2022
Oil on wood panel
16 x 16 x 1.5 in (40.6 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Constable Pigeon (Colomba the white horse)

2022
Oil on wood panel
16 x 16 x 1.5 in (40.6 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm)

2022
Oil on wood panel
18 x 14 x 1.5 in (45.7 x 35.6 x 3.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Constable Dove (Zenaida moonlight landscape)

2022
Oil on wood panel
18 x 14 x 1.5 in (45.7 x 35.6 x 3.8 cm)

2022
Oil on canvas
Framed: 39 x 47 x 2 in (99.06 x 119.38 x 5.08 cm)
Unframed: 35 x 44 in (88.9 x 111.76 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rothko pelican

2022
Oil on canvas
Framed: 39 x 47 x 2 in (99.06 x 119.38 x 5.08 cm)
Unframed: 35 x 44 in (88.9 x 111.76 cm)

2021
Oil on linen
Unframed: 24 x 37 in (60.96 x 93.98 cm)
Framed: 29 x 41 x 2.5 in (73.66 x 104.14 x 6.35 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Monet Spoonbill (Platalea nymphéas)

2021
Oil on linen
Unframed: 24 x 37 in (60.96 x 93.98 cm)
Framed: 29 x 41 x 2.5 in (73.66 x 104.14 x 6.35 cm)

Hilma af Klint Doves (Columba No6 adulthood, Columba No4 youth), 2022
Oil on Linen
32 x 18 in (81.28 x 45.72 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Clive Smith

Hilma af Klint Doves (Columba No6 adulthood, Columba No4 youth), 2022
Oil on Linen
32 x 18 in (81.28 x 45.72 cm)

2022
Oil on linen
18 x 14.5 in (45.72 x 36.83 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Richter Pigeon (Colomba apfelbäume)

2022
Oil on linen
18 x 14.5 in (45.72 x 36.83 cm)

2022
Oil on linen
16 x 13.5 in (40.64 x 33.65 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Richter Pigeon (Colomba haus sohl)

2022
Oil on linen
16 x 13.5 in (40.64 x 33.65 cm)

2022
Oil on linen
Unframed: 32 x 32 in (81.3 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 36 x 35 in (91.4 x 89 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Noland Owl (Strix spring call)

2022
Oil on linen
Unframed: 32 x 32 in (81.3 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 36 x 35 in (91.4 x 89 cm)

Clive Smith
2021
Oil on linen
29 x 41 x 2.5 in (73.7 x 104.14 x 6.4 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Marden Ibis (Eudocimus attendant 2)

Clive Smith
2021
Oil on linen
29 x 41 x 2.5 in (73.7 x 104.14 x 6.4 cm)

2021
Oil on Linen
24 x 18 x 1 in (60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Picasso Falcon (Falco girl before a mirror)

2021
Oil on Linen
24 x 18 x 1 in (60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm)

2021 
Oil on Linen 
24 x 18 x 1 in (60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm) 
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Monet Falcon (Falco nymphéas)

2021
Oil on Linen
24 x 18 x 1 in (60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm)

2019
Oil and acrylic on found book, brass plaque, in artist's frame with gold leaf
19.8 x 16.8 x 1.5 in (50.3 x 42.7 x 3.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Gaitonde Flameback (Dinopium untitled 1996)

2019
Oil and acrylic on found book, brass plaque, in artist's frame with gold leaf
19.8 x 16.8 x 1.5 in (50.3 x 42.7 x 3.8 cm)

2021
Oil and gouache on books
22 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 2 in (56.5 x 66.7 x 5 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Kelly Butterfly Collection

2021
Oil and gouache on books
22 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 2 in (56.5 x 66.7 x 5 cm)

2019
Oil on wood board
19.6 x 12.13 in (49.9 x 30.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Scott

2019
Oil on wood board
19.6 x 12.13 in (49.9 x 30.8 cm)

2018
Oil on wood panel
28 x 22 in (71.1 x 55.9 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Von Humboldt

2018
Oil on wood panel
28 x 22 in (71.1 x 55.9 cm)

2018
Oil on Canvas
28 in tondo (71cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Last Dance

2018
Oil on Canvas
28 in tondo (71cm)

2018
Oil on Canvas
34 in tondo (86.3cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Heart of Glass

2018
Oil on Canvas
34 in tondo (86.3cm)

2017
Oil on Linen
54 x 71 in (137 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Beak, Claw, Hand, Brush (1.9.1914)

2017
Oil on Linen
54 x 71 in (137 x 180 cm)

2016
Oil on Linen
54 x 54 in (114 x 114 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Beak, Claw, Hand, Brush (The Great Escape)

2016
Oil on Linen
54 x 54 in (114 x 114 cm)

2020
Gouache and pencil on found book, 24k gold leaf backed frame
17.8 x 14.1 in (45.2 x 35.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rothko Kingfisher

2020
Gouache and pencil on found book, 24k gold leaf backed frame
17.8 x 14.1 in (45.2 x 35.8 cm)

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