Albert E. Smith ‘Untitled’ 1993 – Custom Framed and Matted Original Artwork. Original Price: $6,500
Design Plus Gallery presents an Original Artwork that is Custom Framed and Matted written 1993, Untitled. A self taught artist that uses color to circulate movement on his canvas. This artwork came from the Atherton Gallery, renowned for its Fine Catalog of Artists. Albert Smith as an artist is humbled and uses a process that in and of itself is simple but his large scale pieces are far from that. Below find the conversational biography we have found.
“Like the artist himself, Albert Smith’s paintings are humble at heart. Filled with thick, confident brushstrokes, they beckon the viewer with color: bright tones reminiscent of sunsets, ripe limes, open summer skies. But they’re all inspired by simple sketched drawings. In his Menlo Park studio, Smith offers a shy smile. “I draw mostly with that pen right there,” he says — and points at a black Sharpie marker. A basic tool for a regular guy. Smith has been a successful painter and art gallery owner for 50-some years, running the Atherton Gallery in Menlo Park from 1959 to 2006. He’s had solo shows in Japan and London, and the Chelsea Art Gallery in Palo Alto currently has an Albert Smith retrospective on. But you have to read his bio to learn these things.
Smith doesn’t toot his own horn or offer flowery descriptions of his creative process. (He even asked a Weekly reporter not to put his picture on the cover.) He’s simply a self-trained artist whose work seems just to flow. First he does drawings, sometimes hundreds of them. They’re often inspired by buildings and shapes he sees from hotel windows during Europe trips.
“Then I go through the drawings and something appeals to me. Things subconsciously develop,” he said. Smith typically finishes his paintings — mostly abstracts, some still lifes — in one sitting. Because acrylic paint dries so fast, he washes his brushes every 10 minutes.”