Linda Smith


April 22 – May 17, 2014 

Artist’s Reception: Sat. April 26, 3–6 PM

In a time when the word icon can mean anything from commercialized images that flood the media to religious icons, the paintings of Linda Smith, Secular Icons, help to fill a void in contemporary life. In a complex stressful world, her paintings offer a place for quiet meditation, without a specific doctrine. 

Linda Smith’s figurative paintings emerge from a reverence for the history of art in a time when our natural world is in peril.  The settings for Smith’s compositions are dominated by sky and water.  People, animals and plants that inhabit the spaces become symbols, like images from dreams that transform and inform our reality. 

These Secular Icons, decidedly of this earthly realm, evoke a range of emotions and suggest various interpretations. In Force of Nature a woman stands on a deserted beach surrounded by a variety of birds, the only species to inhabit land, sky and sea. Subliminal Sky portrays a young man with a lizard perched on his shoulder looking at the expanse that surrounds them.  Other titles, Kindred SpiritsNocturne and Journey, are clues. Yet, the narratives remain illusive leaving the particular meaning of a painting up to the viewer. 

On Saturday May 10, from 2 to 3 PM, there will be free concert featuring the rich interpretations of jazz singer, Honi Gordon, with the brilliant pianist, Wayne Smith and Jason Smeltzer, master of the theremin.  They will present a program of jazz and classical music suggested by the themes of Secular Icons.


Recent exhibition :  LINDA SMITH: SUMMER’S END      September 7 – October 2, 2010    

It is the last day of vacation. In a small illuminated pool by the sea, an extended family stands transfixed as a trio plays mellow jazz beneath the moonlight. This vision began Linda Smith’s series, Summer’s End. The power of paint and composition transforms fleeting images into art that transports us to a place of possibilities and dreams. Children, the essence of our humanity, jumping through vaporous skies fly free. The ever-changing patterns of water reflect the moods of swimmers whose presence impacts on this precious element. Water envelopes the figures caressing and reinventing human form.

“Although she presents her narratives with great clarity, the precise meaning of a painting can remain a tantalizing mystery….There is an urgency in her work about the whole human condition but she expresses her feelings most clearly in work that involves her family and friends. She has always had this partiality and it is bracing to see the same personalities and symbols continually updated, rethought, and imagined.” William Zimmer, January 2007



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