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Untitled, 2005

John Holt Smith Image

DESCRIPTION: (8 feet x 30 feet) This abstract work consists of parallel bands of color painted on a metal panel.

In his work, Smith photographs a subject and manipulates the resulting image using computers to stretch and contort the shot to create an altered view of the original. In this piece, Smith stretched a photograph of a wildflower field to achieve a vibrant color band.

"I enjoy art because it is very difficult work and requires a high degree of competitiveness. Every day I find myself required to be a better artist and see the world with clearer vision."

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1968 in Fort Worth, Texas. Smith studied under Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb, whose work is featured in two Skylink Terminal Stations at DFW Airport. Smith received a BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992 and completed additional studies in art and art history in Florence, Italy. The artist was awarded the President's Undergraduate Fellowship in 1991 and the William Dole Scholarship in 1992. Smith resided in New York City for seven years during which he collaborated in a variety of media with the Fiona Templeton Group, a collective of artists, performers, and poets. Smith has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout Texas as well as in New York, California and Germany. The artist's work is held in several private collections throughout the United States. Swim, a large-scale example of his public work, was included in a major outdoor art exhibit in Fort Worth. Smith currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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