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Smith, Blu

Smith, Blu

Blu Smith was born in Kamloops in 1968 and grew up in Vernon. As a young man he moved to Victoria and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in 1993.

His mature style as an abstract painter began as an exercise to free himself from the technical constraints of realism. Nonrepresentational abstraction became a creatively freeing direction that evolved into his unique voice as an artist. “My work has a strong base in colour and composition. My pieces are constructed or built as if bricks and mortar in a building. Every painting is a building block in the foundation of what will come next.”

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His early influences included the abstract expressionists of the New York School, most notably Willem De Kooning, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. Blu exhibits his work locally and internationally in Europe and the United States. He lives in Victoria with his wife and young family.

“Blu Smith: A name among names. Working with oil on large canvases, Smith rings the changes of what paint can do. Typically, he begins with broad washes and textures, then scumbles and brushes on his signature shapes, finally resolving some small portions of the surface with incisive drawing. The results are glowing organic abstractions.” – Robert Amos, May 3, 2013, Times Colonist

Exhibitions at The Avenue Gallery:

Solo Exhibitions

2017  October  “The Path of Least Resistance”

2016  November  “Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light”

2014  September  “Physical Graffiti”

2013  February  “Evolution”

Group Exhibitions

2015  October  “Fractured”

2015  October  “Coastal Inspirations”

2012  March  “Artistic Pairings”  Blu Smith and Ron Parker

2011  September  “Go Big or Go Home”  


  • 2016  August,  “Huffington Post” The Mind Bending Perspectives of Abstract Artist, Blu Smith
  • 2016  August,  Blu Smith to offer a taste of fine art at Charles Chen’s Dinner Club NYC: “Chakras”
  • 2016  August,  “JustLuxe Magazine”  Artist Profile, READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2016  July,  “AXS Magazine”  Artist profile, READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2016  “Fine Art Intelligence” Feature Article READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2014  “Modern Home Victoria Magazine” Feature Article READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2013  Summer/Fall,  “Galleries West Magazine”  Featured Artist, Collectors Corner. Webster Galleries  READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2013  “International Contemporary Artists Vol 6” Featured on Rear Cover.  ICA Publishing, New York
  • 2013  February,  “Boulevard Magazine”  Featured Article, “Art in the Colour Blu”
  • 2011  Fall/Winter, “Galleries West Magazine”  Featured Artist, “9 Artists to Consider Right Now” READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2011  July/Aug,  “Focus Magazine”  Cover and featured article, “Thinking About Painting” READ ARTICLE HERE
  • 2010  “International Contemporary Artists” Vol 2, ICA Publishing New York
  • 2009  December,  “Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea”,  seventh eddition,  Florence, Italy
  • 2008  December,  “International Contemporary Masters 2009”,  World Wide Art Books, Santa Barbara, California
  • 2009  May/June,  “Boulevard Magazine”,  Artsmart,  featured artwork


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