Alex Smith is a native Knoxvillian.
After graduating from Carson Newman University, he studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed his MFA at The New York Academy of Art. He has received the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields grant, an Artist’s Teaching Residency at the Altos de Chavon School of Art and Design, and has been the featured artist at the Dogwood Arts Festival and ArtXtravanza in Knoxville.
His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in New York, including Sotheby’s, Panepinto Galleries, Dacia Gallery, and the Wilkenson Gallery at The New York Academy of Art. He enjoyed living and working in Brooklyn, New York until the pandemic, at which time Knoxville welcomed him home. He is a recipient of a 2021 Bailey Opportunity Grant, and in October, 2021, his work was exhibited in a solo show at the Atrium Gallery of The Emporium in Knoxville.
While his landscape has changed, he has remained true to his classical training and goal of composing work that invites viewers to look closer and consider the painting’s story.
Fine composition, attention to detail, perfection of color and light, and realism are hallmarks of Alex's work. Each brushstroke is carefully considered and executed with purpose.
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