Frank Anthony Smith  (American, 1939) 

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Frank Anthony Smith Biography
1939   Born in Salt Lake City, Utah
1961   B.F.A. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
1962   Art Student League, New York City, NY.
1964   M.F.A. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
  Frank Anthony “Tony” Smith was born in 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1961 and 1964, with a year spent at the Art Students’ League in New York in 1962, he received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Utah. Over the past three decades, he has taught courses at the Salt Lake Art Center: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman; Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colorado; and the University of Washington, Seattle. Since 1966, he has also been a member of the art department staff at the University of Utah, teaching painting and drawing. Smith has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, and is represented in public and private collections internationally. In addition, he was a conceptual illustrator for special effects in 1977, for Star Wars: The Movie. Smith’s inclination toward invention may have developed when, at 10, he contracted rheumatic fever and was confined to bed for a year. Isolated, he listened to the radio and read the encyclopedia. During his illness, his family moved to another home in Salt Lake, and Smith’s knowledge of the outside world was imagined through windows that afforded him glimpses of the mountains. It was only when he recovered and first ventured from the house that he was confronted with the alarming realization, for a young boy, that he had invented an entire landscape. While we are inclined to build personal mythologies on the clarity of hindsight, Smith’s experience quite probably propelled a fertile imagination into greater definition.

Tony Smith’s paintings are works in motion. They are thought provoking in countenance and effect, abundant in visual and psychological intrigue. Inventive, ironic, and often humorous, they combine disparate objects, unexpected color and scale, varied painting techniques, multiple light sources, and highly illusionistic passages. Smith’s subjects take an adventurous course, the two-dimensional surfaces imbued with magic, possibility, and surprise.

Selected Exhibitions
2003   Hothouse, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. (one person show)
2002   Over Looked Objects & W. Coast Images, Phillips Gallery, SLC, UT. (solo show)
1998   Rough Map, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. (One person show)
1996   Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT. (one person show)
1993   Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. (One person show)
Print Collaboration, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.
1991   Osuna Gallery, Washington D.C., (one person show)
1990   Pierpont Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. (One person show)
1988   Retrospective, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah
Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. (One person show)
1986   Osuna Gallery, Washington D. C. (One person show)
1983   Haber Gallery, New York City, NY. (One person show)
1982   Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID. (One person show)
Osuna Gallery, Washington D. C. (One person show)
1981   Faire International D’Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT. (One person show)