“Art and life. My decorative style is to paint in loose broad strokes. My themes are everyday and familiar and in them I hope the viewer will recall happy memories: of a summer day or garden perhaps, or time spent in a pleasant room.”
Colin Hugh Smith has worked as a full time artist, writer and designer for over 30 years. His solo exhibitions have taken place at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, the Seacoast and Sunbury Shores Galleries in St. Andrews, the old ABEC in Saint John and the Saint John Arts Centre. His work has also appeared internationally and provincially at Saint John’s Imperial Theatre, the New Brunswick Museum, the New Brunswick Festival of the Arts, the University of New Brunswick’s Student Voices show, and ARTgallery ‘Rat in Queenstown and in solo and group exhibitions at Cobalt Gallery, the Klausen Gallery, the Fundy Art Gallery and Handworks Gallery, all of Saint John, as well as the Kensington Gallery in Calgary.
As a writer, after graduating from UNB Fredericton with a first class honours degree in English Literature (fine arts minor), and where he was awarded a full-term M.A. Graduate Assistantship, he wrote many reviews on the visual arts and was nominated for the Christina Sabat Award in 2001. As well as reviewing art, drama and classical music – including book reviews – for Saint John’s late daily paper The Times Globe and New Brunswick’s provincial paper, The Telegraph Journal, and its weekend supplement, The Reader, he’s written for other national publications such as Opera News and Parliamentary Review. His short story fiction has been published in the United States by Alyson Press, Hollywood.
As a past accredited member of IDNB (Interior Designers of New Brunswick), his design clients included the Province of New Brunswick (Fredericton’s Legislative Assembly Chamber and old Government House) and many private commissions in Canada, Britain, the U.S. and Italy. These days his creative energies are mainly focused on making art in his uptown Saint John studio.
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