Shane Smith (b. Jan 12, 1999 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a New York based painter
and sculptor. His works depict figurative representations of natural, domestic, and public scenes. The artist has been featured in gallery exhibitions and publications by
organizations such as The Monira Foundation, and White Columns.
“ My art practice is an investigation/ exploration of self, and experiences that have
emotionally, intellectually, & aesthetically left an impression on me. I explore through art, ideas
that revolve around the human condition. My work follows a personal narrative, through the representation of my own introspective ideas & life experiences.
Primarily, I use mixed media not limited to acrylic paint & oil paint, on canvas, wood, &
found material. Many of my paintings concern feelings and ideas represented by symbolic
Other times I depict scenes from my immediate surroundings. Surveying my environment for compositions has become one of my favorite aspects of picture making. It has enriched not only my practice, but also my experience of life, with an amplified gratitude for the experience of looking .
In my sculptures of plaster, wood, and ceramic clay; I investigate fleeting, ephemeral, or
spiritual attributes such as gesture, mannerism, and temperament. From this understanding, I may
deconstruct a natural form to restate it implicitly-preserving only essential & inherent qualities/characteristics that render the form identifiable by association.
I am interested in art's ability to contradict what is apparently objective, and its potential
to elicit potent emotional and intellectual responses in doing so.