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the kindred, oil on canvas, 48 x 48"

Aura (detail), oil on canvas, 86 x 60"

Destination, oil on canvas, 60 x 48"

Joshua Smith J

oshua Smith says that his earliest interest as an artist was to paint the recollection of his most vivid dreams. “Over the last decade I have returned to this interest. During the process of painting, I recall the memories of my dreams. I see my dreams as an illumination of a spiritual awakening and rebirth,” says Smith. “As I paint, I think of the experience as a journal or the writing of my own personal psalms. These visual psalms, as reflected in my dreams, conjure metaphors for the fears, challenges, triumphs and hopes of the awakening that I’ve experienced.” His current body of work incorporates the shape of the guitar as his muse, 124

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and he explains that as a metaphor the guitar “seems to represent the desire to harmonize all aspects of my life: physical, emotional and spiritual.” Smith’s painting process uses layers of color glazes to create implied surface texture. “I like to incorporate varying techniques using experimentation as a key component in my approach to painting,” he says. “The constant discovery and learning through the painting process is often exhilarating and liberating. I have spent my life on both the east and west coasts learning from the light and color of both landscapes.” Smith, who is currently looking for new opportunities to show his work in

the U.S. and internationally, will exhibit at LA Art Show from January 11 to 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Want to See More? (860) 670-1607 | joshuasmithart@sbcglobal.net www.joshuasmithfineart.com Represented by Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery 7946 Ivanhoe Avenue | La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 551-2010 www.contemporaryfineartsgallery.com

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