ABOUT THE ARTIST

     I was a figurative painter in art school. After graduation, the lack of human models left me with the gift to paint everything else in the world. It's just a matter of focusing on what intrigues and excites me personally, and pursuing what everyone else isn't painting. I'm attracted to objects familiar to most of us, but far from obvious as something one would imagine as typical subject matter.  

     The majority of my subject matter is inanimate objects yet I've never considered myself a "still-life" painter….. Rather a figurative/portrait painter who doesn't necessarily paint humans. I approach my objects as if they are people. My perspective is eye level so not to look down on a pair of shoes where we most often see them. This gives the shoes new light. They become important, with personality and a human quality. I can tell a more interesting narrative by painting clothing rather than the person wearing them. The clothing without the human enables the viewer's interpretation, allowing them to make it their own.

- GORDON SMEDT


Born 1961, San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION
1988        Art studies, New York, Paris, Florence, Barcelona & Lisbon
1985-87   Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, BFA
1982-85   San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015    "Can You Dig It? Gordon Smedt New Works. Jco Fine Art, Los gatos CA

2012    "American Heritage" Hamamjian Modern, San Francisco/Santa Cruz, CA
2011    "Pop Art Collectables" Cathy Baum & Associates 50 Beale Street Properties, San Francisco, CA
2011    "New Works" SFFAF Hamamjian Modern San Francisco, CA
2009    "Gordon Smedt"  Museums of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA

2007    "Iconic" Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2004    "Summertime" Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2003    "Current Works"  Mulholland SFO, Santana Row, San Jose, CA
2002    "New Paintings" Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
1997    "Gordon Smedt, New Paintings,” Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA
1995    "New Beginning,” Gallery 30 Burlingame, CA
1993    "American Icons: From the Playing Field,” Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014    "Happy" Jco Fine Art, Los Gatos, CA

2014    "The Man Show" Jco Fine Art, Los Gatos, CA
2014    "Fenders & Flashbulbs
Jco Fine Art Inaugural Show, Los Gatos, CA
2013    "Fall Floral" Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

2012    "New Paintings" SFFAF Hamamjian Modern San Francisco, CA
2011    "One Night Stand" Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010    "What?" Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008    "Large Scale Objects" Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
2007    "Touch My Heart" The Museums of Los Gatos, Opera House, Los Gatos, CA
2006    "We Are Family" San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2006    "Gallery Artists" Steel Gallery  Fort Mason Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2005    "Fine Things" Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004    "Favorite Things" Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003    "Inaugural Exhibition", Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002    "For the Love of Dogs, 24 artists depict dogs their way," Tercera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999    "Featured Artists" Tercera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997    "Gallery Artists," Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA
1990    "Realism in the 90’s,” Three Person Show, Gallery 30, Burlingame, CA


HONORS & AWARDS
1992   Silver Award, Art of California Magazine, Discovery Awards
1987   Top Honors Award, Graduating Class, Art Center College of Design,  Pasadena, CA
1986   Full Scholarship Award, Art Center Scholarship Competition, Art Center College of Design
Half Scholarship Award, Art Center Scholarship Competition, Art Center College of  Design