"The Art of Geometry: Islamic Designs in the Ancient Technique of Encaustic"

Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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Program in Near Eastern Studies
Public Lectures Committee

Tremain Smith has four works in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her work is in corporate and private collections across the country. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Maine, Delaware, Florida and Hawaii. Alongside her studio practice, Tremain teaches, lectures, and leads workshops. She has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, R&F Paints, and the Main Line Art Center.  Smith studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Historical influences on Smith’s work come from the Abstract Expressionists. She finds inspiration from artists whose work express emotion and freedom in mark-making such as Joan Snyder, and in work reflecting inner purity and restraint such as that of Agnes Martin. Both these types of influences convey a concern for expressing the spiritual through painting. Her lecture will be about the encaustic medium and the vibrancy of geometric expression.

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