BIO / CV

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Jean Smith, self-portrait, 2017

In part, the series is informed by the years I’ve spent writing novels. Building characters that exist only to further a story is a grand undertaking. This heightened emotional landscape carries over into my contemporary portrait paintings. That there is no overt accountability to my subjects raises questions about trust, manipulation and exploitation involved in representing women’s faces for one’s own purposes.

I studied painting at the Vancouver School of Art before forming the underground rock duo Mecca Normal in 1984. I am a published novelist represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency, and a two-time recipient of Canada Council for the Arts awards.

VIDEOS including an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now

Reality Sandwich “Artistic Independence and Social Media: Interview with DIY Multimedia Icon Jean Smith” December, 2017

The Jealous Curator five-painting feature, September 14, 2017

Complete CV – including publication history and select performance dates


Online sales from January,
2016 to January, 2018
300 (acrylic 14 x 11″)

EXHIBITS
2012
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art — month-long, two person exhibit at Northern Gallery in Olympia, Washington

2010
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art — month-long, four person exhibit at Northern Gallery in Olympia, Washington

2004
Inspired Agitators & the Pantomime Horse — touring art exhibit with David Lester
– Xeno Gallery, Vancouver, BC — month-long exhibit
– Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
– Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
– Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
– David Thompson Cultural Centre, Nelson, BC
– Cumberland Arts Centre, Cumberland, BC
– Bryce’s Barber Shop, Olympia Experimental Music Festival
– Denman Island Community Hall, Denman Island, BC
– The Crooked Cafe, Kaslo, BC
– Bean Scene Coffee House, Kelowna, BC
– Wild Indigo Theatre, Hornby Island, BC

2003
Inspired Agitators — two person art exhibit with David Lester
– Western Front, Vancouver
– Balazo Gallery, San Francisco
– Flywheel Gallery, Easthampton, MA
– The Middle Gallery, Indie Media Center, Urbana, IL
– Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA
– The Smell, Los Angeles
– AK Press, Oakland
– Empty Bottle, Chicago
– Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
– Knitting Factory, New York

GROUP SHOWS
2004
– Counterfeit Gallery, Seattle
– Interurban Gallery, Vancouver
– Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC
– Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA
– Lombardi Gallery, Austin, Texas
– Ladyfest, Seattle — 30 years of self-portraits from 1973 to 2003

2003
– Interurban Gallery, Vancouver
– Maltwood Fine Arts Gallery, Victoria
– Ladyfest, Los Angeles — 30 years of self-portraits from 1973 to 2003
– Word On The Street. The Moat Gallery, Vancouver Public Library — co-curator of a group show: Jason MacLean, Carel Moiseiwitsch, David Lester, Shayne Ehman and Jean Smith.

2002
– Tart Gallery, Vancouver — Post No Bills – exhibit of posters
– Fine Arts Gallery, Edmonton

How Art and Music Can Change the World — lecture, exhibition and performance

2013
– Vancouver — University of British Columbia

2012
– Olympia — Timberland Library
– Portland — Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
– Salem — Willamette University
– San Francisco — LitQuake, Radar Reading Series, main branch of the San Francisco Public Library
– LA — Human Resources Los Angeles
– LA — Loyola Marymount University
– Vancouver — University of British Columbia
– Vancouver — World Peace Forum
– Vancouver — BC Teachers for Global Peace and Education (PAGE)

2011
– Vancouver — Word on the Street
– North York — Public Library
– Ottawa — Public Library
– Toronto — Type Books
– Montreal — Casa del Popolo
– Winnipeg — Mondragon
– Vancouver — Creative Writing Class at the University of British Columbia

2009
– Vancouver — Windermere High School
– Olympia — Evergreen State College
– Salem, OR — Willamette University
– San Francisco — Modern Times Bookstore
– LA — California Institute of the Arts
– Durham, NC — Duke University
– New York — Bluestockings Books
– Philadelphia — Nexus Gallery
– Holyoke, MA — Mount Holyoke College
– Providence — Rhode Island School of Design
– Boston — Megapolis Audio Festival
– Toronto — Over the Top Festival

2002-2005
– World Peace Forum, The Roundhouse Vancouver, BC, 2006
– Richmond Art Gallery — Arts for Life keynote presentation to high school art students, Richmond, BC, 2005
– Word On The Street, Vancouver 2005
– Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC 2004
– Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC 2004
– Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC 2004
– David Thompson Cultural Centre, Nelson, BC 2004
– Denman Island Community Hall, Denman Island, BC 2004
– Bean Scene Coffee House, Kelowna, BC 2004
– Burnaby Central High School, Burnaby, BC 2004
– The Western Front, Vancouver, BC 2004
– St. Vincent College (poetry class), La Trobe, PA, 2002
– Chatham College (sound art class), Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
– Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2002
– Flywheel Gallery, Easthampton, MA, 2002
– IMC (Indie Media Center), Urbana, IL, 2002
– Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA, 2002
– The Smell, Los Angeles, CA, 2002
– AK Press, Oakland, CA, 2002
– Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL , 2002
– Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, 2002

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