Venture,  2017 Acrylic and air-brushed acrylic on canvas 62 x 46 inches

Venture, 2017
Acrylic and air-brushed acrylic on canvas
62 x 46 inches

Willie Wayne Smith has a diverse painting practice in which he utilizes a range of processes that stem from abstraction, photo-realism, assemblage, pop art, and surrealism. Working primarily with acrylics and an airbrush, he creates stream of consciousness works that reinterpret personal experience within a complex array of art languages. His most recent text-filled paintings are loosely based on the motif of coloring book pages. Willie has had several solo exhibitions throughout the US. His work has also been included in two-person and group exhibitions in cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. He earned his MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010 and his BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. In 2015 he was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in New York. He grew up between Lakeland, Florida and Limbe, Haiti where his parents were a medical missionary and a Peace Corps agriculturalist.

B. 1984 Limbe, Haiti; based in Pontiac, MI.

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Mariel Capanna and Willie Wayne Smith – Central Park Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Unobstructed Views – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
NADA New York – Good Weather Gallery | New York, USA
Pontiac Artists Group Show – Tesselate Gallery | Pontiac, USA
How it Unfolds: Marthy Mysko and Willie Wayne Smith – Holiday Forever Gallery | Jackson Hole, USA

Artist-Run-Art Fair – Good Weather Gallery | Baltimore, USA
Super Sketchy – Alleyoop Projects | New York, USA
Word – Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art | Peekskill, USA
Show 31 Online Exhibition – Field Projects Gallery (curated by Jesse David Penridge)

Feelers – Alleyoop Projects | New York, USA
Re/Post – Storefront Ten Eyck (curated by Ian Cofre) | Brooklyn, USA
I am What I Am Not Yet – Madelyn Jordan Fine Art | Scarsdale, USA

Telephone – 150 Franklin Street (curated by Robert Costello) | Brooklun, USA
Parallel Grounds: MaryKate Maher and Willie Wayne Smith – Daylight Savings Gallery | Brooklyn, USA

Peekskill Project V – Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art | Peekskill, USA
Magically Suspicious – School 33 Art Center | Baltimore, USA
The Wonder Years – Sadie Halie Projects | Brooklyn, USA
Squeeze Machine – Field Projects | New York, USA
Peripheral Nausea – Brooklyn Fireproof | Brooklyn, USA

J ^ ^ - Castia Maria Center for Art and Education – New York, USA

Out of the Woods (Graduate Degree Exhibition) – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit | Detroit, USA

Wonderland – Adam Leister Gallery | Fairfax, USA



Loose Lips and Forgotten Lines – Good Weather Gallery | Little Rock, USA
Consider My Tongue Swallowed – Sadie Halie Projects | Brooklyn, USA

It is Like a Smile – CEREALART | Philadelphia, USA