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Summer Daze
Mike Smith - New Paintings
Mike Smith
August 11, 2004 - September 5, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to offer for the first time, new paintings by nationally recognized painter, Mike Smith.
Mike Smith's home and studios are in Camas, Washington.  While in the Army, Mike was stationed in Germany, but, aside from that, he has spent his life living in and observing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  He began sculpting and drawing as a child.  He received a degree in English Literature from the University of Portland, taught briefly, then became committed to developing his art on a professional level.  Early work was abstract, but Mike soon abandoned schools of art and developed his own unique, colorful style which has subsequently influenced other artists.  His work contains worldwide themes and ideas, but the focus of his painting and sculpture remains the hill where he lives. In his 35 year career, he has had almost 100 solo exhibitions of his work which includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, bronze, ceramic, and printmaking. He has had solo shows across the United States, including Hawaii, as well as in Europe. His work is in public and private collections around the world.
The media he uses includes watercolor, pastel, bronze (cast and fabricated), oil, ceramic, wood, and several printmaking techniques.
New work in this show by Smith involves some of that very expensive education of his as he combines the written word in prose and lyrics within the paintings.