When Smith was accepted by the Royal College of Art in London to participate in the Post Experience Programme, which offered him the opportunity to draw from cadavers at the University of London’s School of Medicine, he worked on variations of images, including interpretative anatomical sketches of body parts. These drawings are captured in his powerful series “Silent Orators”. Additional work on this series includes the lithographs produced in Berlin, Germany, working at the Professional Association of Berlin Artists (BBK) printmaking facilities, as well as etchings from acrylic hard grounds, and the non-toxic etching process using photopolymer film. Smith developed his “Berlin Air Lift” studies drawn in situ at Berlin’s Templehof airport, and later re-interpreted, and printed them as linear images with the photopolymer film process at Berlin’s Druckstelle Printmaking Studios. Continuing his work at BBK, Smith further developed a selection of drawings done in India and produced as lithographs.Other thematic works i.e., Smith’s etching editions of “Warrior Suit of Armor”, “The London Bagpiper” and “Italian Youth”, as well as conté crayon drawings and digital prints, represent interpretations of images captured in selected art museums abroad and in the U.S. Currently, Smith produces drawings and prints in his printmaking studio in San Diego, California, and works periodically in professional printmaking facilities in Berlin, Germany.Smith’s prints have received juried awards, including a purchase prize by the Pasadena Art Museum for its permanent collection. His heavily embossed etching triptych titled ‘Ranger I,II, III’ was on loan from the Los Angeles County Art Museum Rental Gallery to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena California. Smith’s work has been shown in numerous private and public solo and group juried exhibitions. His works are currently being prepared for national and international exhibitions, and for public and private galleries and collections.
Bob began his career during the
burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in
Boston and at the Printshop in Amsterdam Netherlands. He earned a B.F.A. from
University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. A faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center
in Provincetown, Mass. and member of The Boston Printmakers since 1986, his
lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the
co-winner of The Dayton Peace Museums International Peace Prize for The Arts. He
participated in the London Liberal Arts College, "Year of Subversion
Exhibition” in 2013. His essays have appeared in the Print Alliance
Journal,"Prints and Politics", Visual Overture Magazine, and the
Bangalore Review. Other writing has appeared in Literal Minded, Orange Alert,
Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Creative Writing Now, Blinking
Cursor, Bap Q, Lunarosity, Icelandic Review, Writers Billboard, First Writers
Magazine, Milspeak, Subterranean Journal, South Jersey Underground, Cavalier
Magazine, Yellow Mama, Visual Overture, Vox Poetica, Ascent Aspirations
Magazine, The Red Fez, Forum Magazine, and Spilling Ink Anthology.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!