CEDRIC SMITH

Cedric Smith is a self-taught painter and photographer who draws on a wide range of influences and sources, traditional and contemporary, to express his poignant observations of African-American life in the rural south. These include landscape art, pop art, brand advertising and especially photography, either his own, vintage images, or a combination of the two. Much of the Philadelphia-born, Atlanta-based artist's work is inspired by an observation from his childhood: the complete absence of African-Americans in advertising and on the labels of popular brands during that and earlier times.
 
The artist’s collection of vintage photographs provides the foreground for a related topic he is documenting: that of the disappearing black culture of the South. Juxtaposing historical imagery with contemporary settings, Smith often re-photographs these old portraits in everyday locations, each snapshot creating a direct dialogue between past and present realities, providing an enduring narrative that continues into this century. Smith’s concept behind the addition of found vintage photographs evoke an extraordinary sense of longing and loss as he makes us contemplate how the subject’s life could have been altered by a different set of circumstances.

Cedric Smith has received extensive critical acclaim for his work both in the US and abroad.

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in Philadelphia, PA, 1970

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

  • 2010  Le Poisson Rouge, New York
  • 2009  Paintings and Photographs, Dillon Gallery, New York
  •            Beach Institute, Savannah, GA
  •            Galerie Nordine Zidoun, Paris, France
  • 2008  Twinhouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2007  Dillon Gallery, Playing God, New York
  •            Chroma Art Gallery, Savannah, GA
  • 2006  Marcus Jewish Community Center, Atlanta, GA
  • 2005  DFN Gallery, New York City
  • 2004  Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •            Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003  Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •            Eclectic Connection Gallery, Summit, New Jersey
  • 2002  Noel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  •            Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2001  Thelma Harris Gallery, Oakland, CA
  •            Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •            In The Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • 2000  Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •          AT&T, Atlanta
  •          Noel Gallery, Charlotte
  •          Beverly Libby Gallery, Atlanta
  • 1999  Fine Art Images, Richmond

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2008  Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  •          Art Elysees, Galerie Nordine Zidoun, Paris, France
  •          Art Miami, Galerie Nordine Zidoun, Miami, Florida
  •          Mint Museum (Scene in America), Charlotte
  • 2007  Embrace Art Fair, Atlanta
  •          Bridge Art Fair, Dillon Gallery, Miami, Florida
  •          Red Dot Art Fair, Dillon Gallery, New York
  •          Chroma Art Gallery, Savannah, GA
  •          Twinhouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •          Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
  • 2006  Winston-Salem University, Winston-Salem, NC
  •           Bridge Art Fair, Dillon Gallery, Miami, FL
  •           Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  •           Gallery Guchiard, Chicago, IL
  •           Dusable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL
  •           Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  •           City Hall East, Atlanta, GA
  •           Legacies, New York Historical Society, New York, NY
  •           Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004   Spotlight on Southern Artists, Atlanta, GA
  •           Southwest Fulton Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  •           Art at the Atrium, Morristown, NJ
  •           Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
  • 2003   Southern Fried, Anthem Gallery, New York, NY
  •           Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
  •           The McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC
  • 2002   Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •           Eclectic Connection Gallery, Summit, NJ
  •           Noel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  •           Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
  •           Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
  •           Art San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2001  Folk Festival 2001, Atlanta, GA
  •          Thelma Harris Gallery, Oakland
  •          Robert Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •          Atmosphere Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2000  Atmosphere Gallery, New York, NY
  •          Beverly Libby Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  •          Ruth Hall Hodges Gallery, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA
  •          Folk Festival 2000, Atlanta, GA
  •          The Chicago Black Fine Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

Collections

  • The Aaron Company, Houston, TX
  • Williams and Carol H. Advertising Agency, Oakland, CA
  • Smith, Graham & Co., Houston, TX
  • New York Historical Society, New York, NY
  • Headfirst Marketing Research Inc., Stone Mountain, GA
  • Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
  • The Francis Walker Museum, Thomaston, GA
  • The Tubman Museum, Macon, GA
  • Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA
  • Egon Zehnder Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Primary Care and Pain Relief Center, Nashville, TN
  • Boston Da Vinci Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta/London
  • Troutman & Sanders LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • The Cresent Room Inc., Atlanta, GA

Publications & Reviews

  • Camper, Fred, “Nostalgic for What Wasn’t,” Chicago Reader, May 26, 2006.
  • Lee, Felicia R., “The Influence of Slavery,” The New York Times, June 13, 2006.
  • Lee, Felicia R., “A Modern Prism for Slavery,” Herald Tribune, June 14, 2006.
  • Winship, Frederick M., “Contemporary Artists Depict Residues of Slavery,” United Press International, June 16, 2006.
  • Cotter, Holland, “Emancipation Remains a work in Progress,” The New York Times, June 20, 2006.
  • Pollack, Barbara, “Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery,” Art News, September 2006.
  • Feaster, Felicia, “Written by the Victors,” Creative Loafing, 2005.
  • Palmer, Pamela, “Reverberating Images,” Oxford Town, March 18, 2004.
  • Filler, Marion, “Piece of Cake,” Daily Record, February 6, 2004.
  • Sherman, Jenny, “Universal Appeal,” Art Business News, February 2004.
  • Maschal, Richard, “Slavery Art Sets Free as Gallery of Emotions,” The Charlotte Observer, March 1, 2003.
  • Whitney, Carrie, “Local Artist,” Piedmont Review, September 2002.
  • Harris, Juliette, “Private Show,” The International Review of African American Art, 2000.
  • Osinki, Bill, “Traveling Exhibit is Blazing Trail for Black Georgia Artist,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, January 16, 2000.