Seth Smith’s work hangs on the walls of Hollywood actors, Le Mans racers, and stand-up comedians, but there is nothing really funny or fast-paced about it. An art critic once said, “most of us return from travel carting souvenirs and snapshots, Smith’s work feels like he never actually returns at all…”
Seth was born and grew up on a farm in central Kansas. Early summers were spent on the Great Lakes, chasing thousand-foot ships and smoking salmon while learning to sketch the lake swells. Seth then studied art at the University of Kansas, where he was awarded the MAR scholarship and graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking.
Seth’s current work can be described as loose realism, focusing on scenes and moments of everyday life in the Keys. The crisp white Polaroid border of the paintings lends them a timeless feel. Seth travels frequently to his vacation home in the middle of the Keys, from which he sets out often with his camera to capture the quiet and beautiful moments of a life spent under the Keys’ sun… Wandering the back streets of Key West, trying not to trespass, looking for those moments to capture.
Seth’s paintings are all finished in his make-shift Key West home studio, located in Kansas City.
His clients are located all over the U.S. and his work is represented in many corporate collections, notably, the H&R Block World Headquarters.