Jack Richard SMITH US, b. 1950


“Jack Smith knows just how firmly to press down on the accelerator of realism. His portraits reveal with striking clarity the living character of their subjects, and yet the work of the paint and the action of the brush remain beautifully visible. It’s a rare balance that delights the viewer on both levels at once.”


- Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate

Reflecting a profound knowledge of art history and an alchemist’s sense of the painting craft, Jack Smith has forged his own place amongst the most powerful contemporary artists working today. Though his subject matter is wide ranging, he has received considerable attention for his primary genre of portraiture and an ongoing investigation of the human condition.


Smith maintains a studio in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica.