Robert Alan Smith - Mid Century Modern Artist

Robert Alan Smith, RA Smith, Midcentury Modern Artist, Serigraph, Chouinard, Fine Art, Smithsonian

MIDCENTURY MODERN ARTIST

RA SMITH is a remarkable artist spanning over four decades in a successful dual-art career.  He was an award winning animator for the top names in the industry.


Throughout his life he rose to the top of the world of fine art.   This website is devoted to his accomplishments in the world of fine arts.


Robert Alan Smith was born July 17, 1927 in Pasadena, California.  He lived and worked within 100 miles of his birth place for the majority of his life.  His life encompassed a dual art career: animator and fine artist.  In both fields he rose to the top.  His work hung in the WHITE HOUSE he's in prestigious collections such as THE SMITHSONIAN and LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and studied at the famous CHOUINARD ART INSTITUTE and with some of the world's most notable artist. 

HE TRAINED WITH THE BEST

CHOUINARD ART INSTITUTE, Los Angeles, CA 1948-49


Studied under DONALD GRAHAM, RICHARD HAINES and DAN LUTZ


ESCUELA UNIVERSITARIA DE BELLAS ARTES, San Miguel de Allende, Gro. Mexico. Study of Fine Art and Mural Painting with DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS, Mural Project  1949-50

LISTED IN:

Who’s Who in America

Two Thousand Men of Achievement- 1972

Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide 2001/2002 (Page 1725)

ONE MAN SHOWS

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Pasadena Art Museum

Norton Simon Museum (formerly Pasadena Art Museum)

Norton Galleries, St. Louis, MI

Art Center, Ojai, CA

Graywood Galleries, CA

Michel Thomas Gallery, Beverly Hills

Ventura College

Orr’s Gallery, San Diego

Maxwell Gallery, SF

Barnett Bros., Beverly Hills

Ventura Public Library

PRESTIGIOUS VENUES

RA SMITH HAS SHOWN HIS WORK IN UNIVERSITIES, MUSEUMS, THE WHITE HOUSE, SMITHSONIAN, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Pasadena Art Museum

Library of Congress, Washington DC (Permanent Collection)

Dick Art Center UCLA, Los Angeles (Invitational)

The Greek Theater, Los Angeles

Santa Paula Annual Exhibition, CA

Chouinard Art Institute

Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Ojai, CA

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (Permanent Collection)

Seattle Art Museum

Art Association of Newport, RI

Fort Worth Art Center, TX

Rochester Institute of Technology

Southwest Missouri State College

State University of Iowa

University of Wyoming

Denison University, Ohio

Regar Memorial Museum of Natural History, AL

East Texas State College

Barat College, IL

Talladega College, AL

Lawrence College, WI

Santa Barbara Museum, CA

Iowa State Teachers College, IO

University of Florida

New Mexico Western College

State Teachers College, PA

University of Utah

College of St. Francis, IL

University of Missouri

50 American Printmakers 1961

Hollins College, VA

Stanford University, CA

Ohio Wesleyan University, OH

Central Missouri State College

Brigham Young University, UT

Spring Hill College, AL

Washington and Lee University, VA

Bradley University, IL

Agustana College, IL

Mississippi State College for Women

Longwood College, VA

North Carolina College, NC

Texas Woman’s University

Emory University, GA

Southwest Texas State College, TX

Howard College, AL

Birmingham Public Library, AL

Mary Baldwin College, VA

Eastern Washington College of Education

Wesley College, GA

Cornell College, IO

Western Illinois University

Indiana State Teachers College

DeCordova and Dana Museum

The Boston Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

The American Federation of Arts

The United Nations, NY

The New York World’s Fair 1964

California Institute of Technology

The White House: Lyndon Johnson’s residence and Dr. Kissinger’s office 1966

AWARDS

1961 Purchase Award, Library of Congress (8 Serigraphs FP-XX-S657 in all)

Purchase Award, Boston Museum

Purchase Award, University of North Dakota

1960 Purchase Award, Bradley University, IL

1960 Purchase Award Pasadena Art Museum

1961 Sen. James D. Phelan Award for Native California Painters

1962 Purchase Award, Bradley University, IL

First Prize Annual Competition, Chouinard Art Institute

Departmental Award, Chouinard Art Institute

CURRENT VALUE?

While the above award was from the early 1960's, by 2001 DAVENPORT lists his serigraphs at $1,200.


Since nearly all of RA SMITH's serigraph series were sold out over a half century ago, a new generation is inheriting them.

SERIGRAPHS

There was a very popular art movement in the 1960's involving serigraphs.  It ws a screen technique that had cought on and have national competition and devoted art organizations.


This one at right is called CROWS FLIGHT and was accepted into the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.


Two of RA Smith's serigraphs hung in the WHITE HOUSE during Johnson's Presidency.

MOON TIDE is another serigraph from the early 1960's.  Very little is known about the serigraph art movement.  Here are a few informational links .


What Exactly IS a Serigraph?

http://wp.me/pVcij-ib 

Famous Friends

http://wp.me/pVcij-iA 

The Little 'Lost' Art Movement

http://wp.me/pVcij-jz  

MORE BLOG POSTS

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Siqueiros: His Connection to Robert Alan Smith

"The" Bob Smith of the 1960's

Chouinard Art Institute

What Exactly IS a Serigraph?

The Little 'Lost' Art Movement 

Famous Artist

Mid Century Modern Artist

Famous Artist




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 Illustration, Record Album Covers, and Books

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Self employed Painter/Printmaker, Ojai, CA

Chouinard Art Institute - teacher (1950)

Animator for Disney, Marvel, Hanna-Barbera and other(40+ years)

Member/Instructor - Western Serigraph Institute

Contributor to Western Serigraph Institute Bulletin (1961)

Contributed to Ventura Fine Arts Magazine (1962)

Ventura College Fine Arts Faculty: Painting, Printmaking, Design (1964-1978)

California Institute of the Arts -  workshops, Los Angeles

Private Instruction

Southern Oregon University:  Watercolor Painting, Drawing

Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford OR: Painting, Drawing

Instructor at Oceanside Museum of Art School

OTHER MEDIA

In addition to thousands of serigraphs, RA SMITH has a whole body of work from his CHOUINARD days, watercolor, drawings, block prints still available.


During the decades following he rendered hundreds of large, mid-century modern oil paintings such as NIGHT FLOWERS at left.



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