Biography

Allen C. Smith is a professional artist living and working in Elmira, New York. He began his fine art career as curator of a small city art museum, followed by thirty years in commercial gallery and arts services management.

Recent juried exhibitions include the 73rd & 74th Regionals at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira; the 64th, 62nd, and 60th Rochester-Finger Lakes Biennials; awards at the Arnot Art Museum and State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca; and group shows at Exhibit A Contemporary, The Houghton Gallery, West End Gallery, and Spencer Hill Gallery in Corning.

2016 marks Smith’s fourth year as a participating artist at echo: Art Fair in Buffalo.

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Allen C. Smith (Denny Smith) is an painter artist living in Elmira, New York. Denny Smith, Allen C. Smith, Allen Smith, Allan Smith, Alan Smith, artist, Elmira, New York, abstract, colorful. For me, making art is a visceral experience. Sometimes it is about formality. Sometimes it is about meditation. Sometimes it's just an avenue.My abstractions are borne of thoughts that come to me through the day, usually at first awakening. Often the thought is simply a line or a negative space that I choose to follow with my hand. Art heroes are Jackson Pollock, Bob Dylan, Franz Kline, Hans Hartung, Kelly (Ellsworth and Walt) and Kandinsky. I have not consciously attempted to emulate these artists. They are simply my comfort. They moved me emotionally when I was most impressionable and have stayed with me. Although I graduated from art school in the mid 70’s, I consider myself an emerging artist. I’m decisively following my passion after a career of subservience.

Music influences my work. While painting I listen to French jazz, American jazz, Texas Swing, Rock, Blues, and if all else fails, I tune in to Performance Today on NPR. Favorites are Chick Webb, Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Don Byron, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Casa Loma Orchestra, Lyle Lovett, Hot Club of Cow Town, Diana Krall, the list goes on.

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