About Samantha Keely Smith

The work


In my tumultuous fictional landscapes I evoke our awakening anxieties about our fraught and fragile place in an ever-changing and constantly reactive environment.

My landscapes are amorphous and imprecise. They are not literal illustrations of particular places or even elements, but they are clearly representations of both natural energy and our human nature as we grapple with our place, and role, in an environment in flux.


My portraits explore memory: specifically how memories are distorted or partially lost over time, then reinvented/reconstructed with each remembrance. They also look at how memories influence, and are influenced by, our inner lives. The subjects of the portraits are sometimes based on people I know or knew, but most often they are, like my landscapes, fictional - constructed and pieced together from various sources.



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.

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 working on Kindred, 2011 - photo by  Thomas Feiner

working on Kindred, 2011 - photo by Thomas Feiner