Studio Sixty Six
Shelby Dawn Smith  

Shelby Dawn Smith

Shelby Dawn Smith is an artist who grew up in small town Northwestern Ontario, and currently conducts her practice in the Greater Toronto Area.  She graduated with honours from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa in 2015.  Her debut solo show, Different Every Time, took place at Studio Sixty-Six in the spring of 2016.

Shelby describes her work, a combination of mixed-media and abstract painting, as a conversation between gestures, forms, and other aesthetic components. She incorporates various contrasting elements — or “binaries” — within her art in order to create a dialogue or conversation between marks.  Examples of these binaries include soft/hard, fast/slow, geometric/organic, textured/smooth, saturated/unsaturated, and planned/accidental.  Smith takes a reactionist approach to painting, in which a childlike sense of playfulness emerges. To her, having fun is key to artistic exploration.  To ensure that each painting is unique, she begins each painting with a different action, and follows an unguided path to the conclusion.

ARTIST CV

Sea Haven
Crashing Waves
Ice Cream Someday
Eclipsed
Cotton Candy Surprise
Sugar Rush
One Fell Swoop
It's Always Greener
Drunk in the Backseat
Drifting off to Dreamland
Dancing with Wolves
Weeping Willow
Uproar
Swamp
Shoreline in Flux
Mirage
Fool's Paradise
Catacombs
Birthday Bash
Hush
When Dusk Becomes Fog
Moonlit River
Sierra
Claret
Harmony
Daydream
Northern Reverie