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
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)

Clive Smith
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) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Gaitonde Flameback (Dinopium untitled 1996)

Clive Smith
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)

Clive Smith
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

Clive Smith
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 and acrylic on found book, brass plaque, in artist's frame with gold leaf
19.3 x 16.3 inches (48.9 x 41.3 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pollock Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus number 34)

2019
Oil and acrylic on found book, brass plaque, in artist's frame with gold leaf
19.3 x 16.3 inches (48.9 x 41.3 cm)

 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pollock Sea Eagle (Detail)
2019
Oil on wood board
19.6 x 12.13 inches (49.9 x 30.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Scott

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

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

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

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

2018
Oil on Canvas
28 inches tondo (71cm)

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

2018
Oil on Canvas
34 inches tondo (86.3cm)

2017
Oil on Wood Panel
10 inches diameter (25.4cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
If You See Me

2017
Oil on Wood Panel
10 inches diameter (25.4cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
36 inches / 91.4 cm diameter -  Marc Straus Gallery
Temperamental

2017
Oil on Canvas
36 inches / 91.4 cm diameter

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

2017
Oil on Linen
54 x 71 inches / 137 x 180 cm

2016
Oil on Linen
41 x 41 inches / 104 x 104cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Beak, Claw, Hand, Brush #9

2016
Oil on Linen
41 x 41 inches / 104 x 104cm

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

2016
Oil on Linen
54 x 54 inches / 114 x 114 cm

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