When Smith was accepted by the Royal College of Art in London to participate in the Post Experience Programme, which offered him the opportunity to draw from cadavers at the University of London’s School of Medicine, he worked on variations of images, including interpretative anatomical sketches of body parts. These drawings are captured in his powerful series “Silent Orators”. Additional work on this series includes the lithographs produced in Berlin, Germany, working at the Professional Association of Berlin Artists (BBK) printmaking facilities, as well as etchings from acrylic hard grounds, and the non-toxic etching process using photopolymer film. Smith developed his “Berlin Air Lift” studies drawn in situ at Berlin’s Templehof airport, and later re-interpreted, and printed them as linear images with the photopolymer film process at Berlin’s Druckstelle Printmaking Studios. Continuing his work at BBK, Smith further developed a selection of drawings done in India and produced as lithographs.Other thematic works i.e., Smith’s etching editions of “Warrior Suit of Armor”, “The London Bagpiper” and “Italian Youth”, as well as conté crayon drawings and digital prints, represent interpretations of images captured in selected art museums abroad and in the U.S. Currently, Smith produces drawings and prints in his printmaking studio in San Diego, California, and works periodically in professional printmaking facilities in Berlin, Germany.Smith’s prints have received juried awards, including a purchase prize by the Pasadena Art Museum for its permanent collection. His heavily embossed etching triptych titled ‘Ranger I,II, III’ was on loan from the Los Angeles County Art Museum Rental Gallery to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena California. Smith’s work has been shown in numerous private and public solo and group juried exhibitions. His works are currently being prepared for national and international exhibitions, and for public and private galleries and collections.
Curtis Bartone's work explores how human beings perceive, define,
and mythologize wilderness and our fragmented view of our place in the environment.
His recent pieces combine various perceptions of the natural world, ranging
from non-objective, scientific views to Judeo-Christian ideas of mankind’s
dominion over “every living thing that moveth upon the earth” to “pagan” views
of natural occurrences as codes or messages to be deciphered. Bartone fuses
Renaissance painting, 17th-century Dutch still life, 19th-century scientific illustration, literature, and collections
in natural science museums, with a contemporary aesthetic informed by
photography and mass media. His work has been shown in 21 solo exhibitions and
in more than 80 group exhibitions in several countries. He has received
numerous grants and awards, including two Illinois Arts Council Grants, and has
been awarded several residencies--most recently, the Emmanuel College Artist
Residency in Boston for the summer of 2016. There, he will be creating a suite
of etchings based on the ten plagues of Egypt. Currently, Mr. Bartone resides
in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and seven cats. He splits his time between
making prints and teaching printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and
Sherry Smith Bell creates innovative prints and mixed media drawings of houses, barns, doors, windows and nature. Her art works use the tools of the artist: line, tone, color, ink, shape. Her art works are represented in many museum, university and private collections.