About Samantha Keely Smith

The work

Samantha Keely Smith's paintings attempt to reconcile the inner world of instinct and emotions, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. They map the place where these worlds intersect. The paintings are also an investigation of the struggle between a variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory. The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality.


Born in Harlow, Essex, England, New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith moved to the United States as a child with her family.

Smith started her College Education at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She also attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, earning her BFA in Painting, with Honors.

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Samantha in the studio working on Kindred, 2011 - photo by Thomas Feiner

Samantha in the studio working on Kindred, 2011 - photo by Thomas Feiner