Introduction by the curator of The Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery, Ruthie Tucker
Contemporary sculptor Laurie Smith narrates personal memories, emotions and cheery allegories through the medium of cast bronze. Her work, in three dimension and relief, possesses a universal quality, communicating sentiments and images of human experience, which are familiar to many. Her shrewd use of symbolism elevates her artwork beyond sheer representation. A true highlight is the way in which Laurie captures moments of mirth or contemplation upon the figures faces in a manner that appears entirely effortless and spontaneous.
By focusing on the detail of a section of the human body, she illuminates the complexities and strength of the human beings as a whole, as well as demonstrating relationships. Her bronze reliefs reflect the joys of youth, their play and pastimes. Preserving other’s memories in bronze relief is a special focus.
Laurie has exhibited throughout the country, including five years at the summer-long Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, California. She has exhibited in many juried shows, and won several awards. She has been an Associate Member of the National Sculpture Society in New York for 21 years. Her sculptures are in private collections in 12 states, Hungary and Belgium.
Amsterdam Whitney International Art Gallery in the Chelsea area of New York City has invited Laurie to exhibit her work, and be represented by us, throughout the year and into 2010. Individual works are on exhibit in various local locations throughout the year (see "News") . You may visit her studio by appointment for consultation or viewing, .