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Geoffrey Todd-Smith

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bio

cv

exhibitions

BONUS X

BONUS X, 2011

GOUACHE, INK AND ACRYLIC ON PANEL

20 X 16 IN / 50.8 X 40.6 CM

BRIEF BIO

born 1973, Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

Geoffrey Todd Smith employs seemingly simple structures in his vivid, intensely patterned abstract paintings. Common geometric elements – circles, ellipses, ovals and dots – inhabit a tight grid in visually confounding and colorfully explosive compositions. Given the geometry and precision in his work, Smith's paintings are often mistaken for digital prints when seen at a distance, yet they are all painted freehand; nothing is taped off. Larger shapes are filled in with gouache or enamel paint; linear elements and patterns are hand-drawn with archival gel pens. Teetering between order and disorder, Smith invites the viewer to consider beauty and dissonance simultaneously.

On Bad at Sports in 2015, artist and critic Kevin B. Blake writes "Chicago artist, Geoffrey Todd Smith, is a prime example of an artist who uses his practice to induce introspection, which manifests materially as abstract paintings. His titles often reflect his accumulation of shared experience and an insight into the immediacy of his process, while the images conjure a methodology for achieving the internal gaze. His most recent project was executed under a set of rigid parameters that maintained a control of scale, considered material applications, and required an immense dedication of time."

Smith's solo shows include Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Hyde Park Art Center and the Union League, both in Chicago; Nudashank in Baltimore and he's been included in group shows at The DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, The Hughes Gallery in Australia, The Green Gallery in Milwaukee, Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, DCKT in NYC and Baer Ridgway in San Francisco. His work is in the collections of Hallmark Inc. in Kansas City, the Jager Collection in Amsterdam, the South Bend Art Museum in Indiana and Harper College in Illinois and has been written about in art ltd, the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine, who called him one of the "rising stars we should be collecting now". Smith lives and works in Chicago.

BRIEF CV

Born 1973, Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION
1997
MFA, Painting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1995
BFA, Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

RECENT SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2013
Secret Lives of Rainbows, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
GEOFFREY TODD SMITH Forcefields. Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2012
Western Exhibitions, Chicago
FEEL HARDER, Nudashank, Baltimore

RECENT SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Hyper/Hypo, It's All About Things, Port Chester, NY
Intimate Jest, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, CA
PRTY PPL Curated by Josh Reames, Circuit12 Contemporary. Dallas, TX
2014
Rocket Run: Abstraction from Chicago. Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
I'm Jealous of Your Failure. University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery
Orphans in the Storm, Lovey Town, Madison, WI
Roving Room, curated by Kelly Kaczynski and Cori Williams, Habersham Mills, Demorest, Georgia
The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
We do what we like and like what we do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago
I'LL TELL THEM I HATE THEM. Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Imaginary Friends: Matt Irie & Geoffrey Todd Smith, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
2012
Afterimage, Depaul Museum of Art.September 13–November 15, 2012
R & D, curated by Britton Bertran, Manifold, Chicago
Painted, curated by Tyson Reeder. The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

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