Brian David Smith




My art explores themes of memory, process, and the suggestion of place. I create from an intuitive base, where bold shapes and colors predominate the compositional schemes of each painting. The relationship between unique forms sets the emotional tone for each work, while the sensuous qualities of paint and its application result in an array of arresting optical effects.

Striving for logic and unity in each work, I utilize my responses to nature and my appreciation for the history of painting to evoke a dream-like world that is both conspicuous and abstract.

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Estrella Suite


Estrella Suite




Selected Collections:

Wells Fargo Advisors, St. Louis, MO
Macy’s Department Stores - St. Louis, MO, Columbia, MO, Independence, MO, Franklin, TN, and Houston, TX,
Emerson Electric, St. Louis, MO
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Washington University School of Law, Anheuser Busch Hall, St. Louis, MO
Herzog and Crebs LLC, St. Louis, MO
Polsinelli - St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Washington D.C., Wilmington, DE, and Dallas, TX
Husch, Blackwell, Denver, CO
Marketing Lab, Minneapolis, MN
General Growth Properties/Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, MO
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
Numerous Private Collections

Solo Exhibitions:

2015- Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Paintings, St. Louis, MO
2015- Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Brian D. Smith: Passage and Occurrence, Belleville, IL
2014- McKendree University Gallery of Art, Brian D. Smith: Abstract Painting, Lebanon, IL
2013- SIBA Gallery, Brian D. Smith: Abstract Paintings, 2005 – 2011, St. Louis, MO
2013- Saint Charles Community College, Brian D. Smith: Works From a Sabbatical, St. Peters, MO
2012- Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: Presence and Recollection, St. Louis, MO
2012- Tinnin Art Center, Three Rivers College, Brian D. Smith: Pathways Through Color, Poplar Bluff, MO
2009- River Campus Art Gallery, Southeast Missouri State University, Building ColorBrian D. Smith, Abstract Paintings, Cape Girardeau, MO
2007- Nicholls State University, Brian D. Smith: Abstractions, Thibodaux, LA
2006- Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Paintings, St. Louis, MO
2003- Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Paintings And Works on Paper, St. Louis, MO
2002- Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Clear Color: Brian D. Smith, Belleville, IL
2001- Duane Reed Gallery, Brian D. Smith: New Work, St. Louis, MO

Group Exhibitions:

2015- Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, The Building, St. Louis, MO
2014- Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis Creates (Invitational), St. Louis, MO
2014- PS Gallery, Late Winter Exhibit, Columbia, MO
2012- St. Louis Artists Guild, Lay of The Land, Juror: Jack Brumbaugh, St. Louis, MO
2011- Foundry Art Centre, My Shadow And Me 2011, St. Charles, MO
2011- Art St. Louis, XXVII: The Exhibition, Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, St. Louis, MO
2011- Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Summer Exhibit, Columbia, MO
2009- Boston Center For The Arts, Drawings That Work, Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, Boston, MA
2009- Davis Art Gallery, Stephens College, Paintings, Prints and Prophets; Brian D. Smith And Michael Beusking, Columbia, MO
2009- The Duane Reed Gallery, Home Grown, St. Louis, MO
2008- Art St. Louis, XXIV: The Exhibition, Juror: Mark Masuoka (Curator, Bemis Center For Contemporary Art), St. Louis, MO
2008- Foundry Art Centre, Painting, The National Competition, St. Charles, MO
2006- CAMSL: Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Flat Files, St. Louis, MO
2003- The Quincy Arts Center, 53rd Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy, IL
2002- Forest Park Community College, Painted Plates and Vessels, 2nd Invitational Collaborative Exhibit, St. Louis, MO
2001- Core New Art Space, New Works on Paper Exhibition, Juror: William Havu, Denver, CO
2001- Art St. Louis, Honor Awards 2001, and Juror: Patrick Schucard, St. Louis, MO
2001- The Quincy Arts Center, 51st Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Juror: Dr. Louis Zona, Quincy, IL

Teaching Experience:

1998 - Present Professor of Visual Art and Art Department Chair
           St. Charles Community College, St. Peters, MO

Guest Artist and Lecturer:

2018- The University of Missouri Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO
2017- Lewis And Clark Community College, Godfrey IL
2013- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2913- Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL
2012- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
2012- Three Rivers College, Poplar Bluff, MO
2011- Meramec Community College, St. Louis, MO
2009- Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
2007- Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
2006- Webster University, St. Louis, MO
2006- Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
2002- Florissant Valley Community College, St. Louis, MO
2001- Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
2001- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville    


The University of Chicago, M.F.A.
AWARDS: University Tuition Award 1987 - 1989, Boettcher Academic Scholarship - 1989
Boston University, B.F.A.
AWARD: Ford Foundation Scholarship 1980 – 1984