Audrey Smith

Audrey Smith is a figurative artist. She works in acrylic and charcoal, most frequently on birch panel. Her brushstrokes are unapologetically visceral and expressive.

BIO
Audrey Smith is a figurative artist. She works in acrylic and charcoal, most
frequently on birch panel. Her brushstrokes are unapologetically visceral and
expressive.
After graduating from Concordia University (Montréal, Quebec), Audrey pursued
a career in graphic design. Her education continued on a workshop/class/
program basis through The Academy of Realist Art (Toronto), The Toronto
School of Arts, The Haliburton College of the Arts (Peterborough) and, most
recently, the DVSA Advanced Studio Program.
Her career transitioned into a professional studio practice in 2011. Since then,
Audrey has had solo shows and been in numerous juried group shows. She now
has works in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She is an elected member of the
Society of Canadian Artists.

CV
Solo Shows • Juried Group Shows
2022
Artist Project 2022, Toronto
2019
Viva Vida Art Gallery, Society of Canadian Artists elected members’ exhibition, Pointe Claire,
Quebec
J B Aird Gallery, “Paint2019”, Toronto, Ontario
Westland Gallery, London, Ontario, curated group show
Noodle Gallery, Alton, Ontario, featured artist, “These Boots Were Made for Walking (but
sometimes you were sitting)”
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto
Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto
Arta Gallery, “Appetites”, Toronto (Distillery District)
Propeller Gallery, “of People and Pavement”, Toronto, solo exhibition
Propeller Gallery, “Salon 13”, Toronto
2018
Figureworks 2018, Ottawa, finalist
DVSA, “Each. Distinct.”, Dundas
Propeller Gallery, “Cited”, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “A Portrait Gallery”, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “Waking The Dream”, Toronto
Colborne Art Gallery, 6th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colborne
Propeller Gallery, “Red Impulse”, Toronto
DVSA, “9 Lives”, Dundas, Ontario
Art Gallery of Burlington, Shoreline project, Burlington
Propeller Gallery, “Salon XII”, Toronto
2017
Propeller Gallery, “The Art of Politics”, Toronto
Gallery Hittite, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “Salon XI”, Toronto
2016
FigureWorks, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, finalist
Propeller Gallery, “reVision”, Toronto
Super Wonder Gallery, Muse 2016; A Representational Art Exhibition, Toronto
ArtFest, Waterdown
Colborne Art Gallery, Guest Artist
Arta Gallery, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “Salon X”, Toronto
Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, “aMUSing Faces and Figures”
Dimensions Gallery, Toronto (ongoing)
2015
Art Square Gallery, “Celebrar”, Artists’ Network, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “The Body: A Celebration”, Toronto
Colborne Art Gallery, 3rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colborne
Women’s Arts Network of Toronto, Independent film fundraiser, Toronto
Propeller Gallery, “Salon 9”, Toronto
Dimensions Gallery, Toronto
2014
Homa Gallery, Independent film fundraiser, Toronto
Art Square Gallery, “Waning of the Light”, Artists’ Network members show, Toronto
Gallery Hittite, “Canadian Masters of Art, Simply the Best”, juried group show, Yorkville, Toronto
Colborne Art Gallery, 2nd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colborne, Juror’s Choice Award
The Papermill Gallery, The Colour and Form Society Biennial Art Exhibition, Toronto
RedLine Gallery, group show, Toronto
Gallery Hittite, “Paris”, juried group show, Toronto
Goodfellas Gallery, “Hip2Bsquare”, group show supporting Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
Moniker Gallery, “ReVersion”, juried group show, Toronto
The Art Galleria Expo 2014, group art exhibition, Toronto
Moniker Gallery, “Amour”, juried group show, Toronto
Moniker Gallery, Spitting Image: Portrait and Figurative Exhibition, juried group show, Toronto
Dimensions Gallery, Toronto
2013
Moniker Gallery, Square Art Circle, “Nutcracker”, juried group show, Toronto
Gallery 1313, Members’ Fundraiser (Red Cross Relief Fund for the Philippines), Toronto
Bending Spoons Gallery, “Faced with the Light”, solo exhibition, Toronto
The Art Galleria Expo 2013, juried group show, Toronto
Nuit Blanche at Gallery Hittite, painting on site, Toronto
Gallery Hittite, “Paris”, juried group show, Toronto
Epique Lounge Yorkville, “Film Fest”, juried group show, Toronto
AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), group art exhibition, Toronto
Hangman Gallery, “Cool Aid”, juried group show, Toronto
House of Moments, Kamasutrah, juried group show, Toronto
Riverdale Art Walk (RAW), outdoor exhibition/art fair, Toronto
Epique Lounge Yorkville, group art exhibition, Toronto
Dimensions Gallery, (ongoing), Toronto
ArtBattle50, live painting competition, Toronto
LucSculpture Gallery, “Earth Experience”, group art exhibition, Toronto
2012
Hangman Gallery, Artists Network Annual “Bowsart”, members’ group show, Toronto
Bending Spoons Gallery, “Shadowed Thoughts”, solo show, Toronto
Gallery 1313, “Currents of Being”, solo show, Toronto
Fran Hill Gallery, Artoronto.ca fundraiser, Toronto
The 2012 Sketchbook Project, World Tour
Beaux-Arts Brampton, 5th Annual Open Juried Show, awarded honourable mention, Brampton
Propeller Gallery, “Annual Black and White Ball”, juried group show, Toronto
Etobicoke Art Group, members’ choice exhibit, Toronto
Gallery 1313, “The Sex Show”, juried group show, Toronto
Visual Arts Mississauga, Valentine’s Show, Mississauga
Emily Carr Gallery, Visual Arts Mississauga, artists’ choice exhibit, Mississauga
The RedLine Gallery, group show, Toronto
Neilson Park Creative Centre, members’ choice show, Toronto
Gallery 1313, “Annual Emerging Artists”, juried group show, Toronto
Gallery 1313, “The Eco Art Show”, juried group show, Toronto
Neilson Park Creative Centre, “Inspired by Place”, members’ group show, Toronto
2011
The RedLine Gallery, Toronto
Neilson Park Creative Centre “Off the Wall” show, Toronto

Awards
2018 FigureWorks, Ottawa, Finalist
2016 FigureWorks, Ottawa, Finalist
2014 Colborne Art Gallery, 2nd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colborne, Juror’s Choice Award
2013 Carrousel du Louvre International Art Exhibition, Paris, France; Award Finalist
2012 Beaux-Arts Brampton, 5th Annual Open Juried Show, honourable mention

Career
2013/2014
Teaching, focusing on small groups and Individuals
Jurying, The Artists’ Network
Programming, The Artists’ Network
2011 to present
Visual Artist; Studio Practice
1996 to present
Wild Card, Principal, Graphic Designer and Creative Director
Graphic design/illustration; corporate: Bell Canada, Hewlitt Packard, Scotia Bank, Domtar,
Nokia, Sick Kids Foundation
Graphic design/illustration; venues/events: The Toronto International Film Festival, Shaw
Festival, Stratford Festival, National Ballet of Canada, Bell Canadian Open, the ROM
1991 to 1996
Graphic Designer/Illustrator, Bell Canada

Memberships
The Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), 2015 – present
Propeller Gallery, Toronto, 2017/8/9
Headwater Arts, 2018/9

As a figurative painter, my art explores the essence of people. I believe that
there is no limit to how we manifest our inner being in time and space. I see
a world of character in something as complex as body language, gesture
and interactions or as simple as a well-worn pair of boots.
My passion is to capture a crystal sliver of time through photography, a
fragment that is definitive. I then express the chosen image through paint
and charcoal. I hope that within the final painting you find a sense of what
lies between the layers of the paint, a truth that is yours, perhaps a moment
that you’ve seen or experienced.

My painting style is visceral, expressive. What begins with a strictly
defined intent, composition and colour scheme is rarely visible in the
finished piece. Gentle, coaxing chaos would best describe my process.
Layers of paint partially cover sketches that are reworked, redrawn,
rethought. You’ll often find text, poetry between the layers, though the
content remains a mystery. Because of this layering, composing and
decomposing – a demolition in progress – I’ll most frequently work on
wood panel.

Ultimately, I hope that through leaving visible many of the elements in the
rendering of the painting, I am able to share the experience of creating. I
leave the rest to you!

Audrey Smith