Ali Smith

b. 1976

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Ali Smith’s work illustrates the existential plight the artist has in finding new, personal meaning and direction within the field of abstract painting.

About Ali Smith

Ali Smith (b. 1976, Newport Beach, CA) uses the canvas as an open space of exploration; an empty landscape that serves as the starting point for investigation into abstract terrains. Her work illustrates the existential plight the artist has in finding new, personal meaning and direction within the field of abstract painting. The recurring visual trope of Rococo-like excess and abundance performs a celebratory re-assertion of the endless possibilities available to the painter. Smith weaves together fleeting thoughts, moments of time, the fine lines between fact and fiction and subjective desires within her canvases, which in turn present the hopeful attitude of the artist, in the face of the realities of life and experience.

Smith received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach (CA), and has since had solo exhibitions in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. She has been included in numerous group shows, including those at the Laguna Art Museum (CA), Irvine Fine Arts Center (CA), Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (CA), and Riverside Museum (CA). Her work is included in the collections of the Laguna Art Museum (CA), Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), Progressive (OH). The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

Ali Smith CV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA, Solo Show

2011
Freight and Volume, NY, NY, Solo Show

2009
Freight and Volume, NY, NY, Solo Show
McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, Solo Show

2008
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, We Find Ways

2007
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Ali Smith
Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX, Solo Show

2005
Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier College, She Fell and Missed the Whittier, CA, Ground

2004 
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana “Jump,” said the Hole.,.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA, Open 
Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles,CA, About Paint

2010
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, The OScene
Freight and Volume Gallery, Pulse Miami
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, Elements of Nature: Selections from the R. Weisman Foundation

2009
Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Zoom
Freight and Volume Gallery, Pulse New York
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, Elements of Nature:
Selections from the R. Weisman Foundation
2008     
Freight and Volume, NY, NY, Accident Blackspot 2
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, Luscious Abstraction
Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA, Darren Foote and Ali Smith
Rhys Gallery, Scope New York,
Mark Moore Gallery, Pulse New York,
Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA, icandy: Current Abstraction in Southern California
Markus Winter Gallery, Berlin, Accident Blackspot,
White Box, NY, NY, Petri Dishes

2007
Mark Moore Gallery, Pulse Miami
Rhys Gallery, Aqua Miami
Rhys Gallery, Berliner Liste Art Fair
Orange County Museum of Art, Auction 2007
Newport Beach, CA
Galerie Brunnhofer, Linz, Austria, Mark Moore Gallery Group Show
Mark Moore Gallery, Art Chicago
Mark Moore Gallery, Pulse New York

2006
Mark Moore Gallery, Pulse Miami
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Ultrasonic International 1
Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA, Scapes
City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA, Urban Impression/ism

2005
Riverside Museum, Riverside, CA, Painting’s Edge
The Armory Northwest, Pasadena, CA, CAGED
The Office, Huntington Beach, C, Saratoga Semblance, with Megan Bogonovich

2004
SCA Gallery, Pomona, CA, Inverse
Ginza Kyubidou Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, LA Driveby #1
Raid Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Unscenery
Gallery De Parel, Amsterdam, Network

2003
Raid Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Vanitas,
Standard Gallery, The Pond and 1/2, Raid Projects at Standard Quarter, Chicago, Illinois Gallery
The Office, Huntington Beach, CA, Brush
Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Chinatown, CA, Dog Days
Raid Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Unnatural

AWARDS

2008
Professional Artist Fellowship, City of Long Beach

2006
Artist’s Residency at Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,

2005
Painting’s Edge Workshop, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA

2003
Marilyn Werby Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship recipient, California State University, Long Beach

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Anderson Kempe, Elizabeth, Ali Smith at Mark Moore Gallery, Artillery Magzine, September/October 2008
Barnes, Friere, Fifteen Young Masters of Oil, Bon Magazine International, Winter 2007
Cline, Elizabeth, Ultrasonic International 1, NY Arts, November/December 2006
Chu, Ingrid, Accident Blackspot at Freight and Volume, Time Out New York/ Issue 673, August 20-25, 2006
DiMichele, David,Unnatural at Raid Projects, Art Week, April 2003
Knight, Christopher, 45 Painters under 45: Painting gets a broader brush, The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2007
Lee, Sasha, Profile: Ali Smith at Mark Moore Gallery, Beautiful Decay, July 2008
Markle, Leslie, Ben Weiner/Ali Smith at Mark Moore Gallery, art US, October, 2007
Ollman, Leah, International art with a youthful edge, from“Around the Galleries,”The Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2006
Ruiz, Alma, New American Paintings No. 73, Pacific Coast Edition, 2007
Schoenkopf, Rebecca, The (Not So) Odd Couple, OC Weekly, March 11, 2005
Taft, Catherine, Round-Up of the Best Shows in L.A,., Saatchi Online Daily Magazine, July 8, 2008
Zimmerman, Aaron, New York Art Fair Roundup, March 10, 2007, crowndozen.com
Zimmerman, Aaron, Miami Art Fair Roundup, Crown Dozen, December 11, 2006, crowndozen.com