Gordon Smedt’s bold, lively work focuses on inanimate objects, yet he’s not a traditional still-life painter. His large-scale canvas sizes and intimate perspectives personify that which he chooses as subject matter. Smedt considers himself a figurative/portrait painter, but of objects, not people. Emphasizing the importance of the large paintings, he explains, “the large scale empowers the forgotten and the discarded; it brings back life to objects often overlooked. Smedt’s color, loose paint application, and straight forward perspective produce compelling paintings that catch your eye and evoke your nostalgia.
Native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Smedt first studied at San Jose State University. He later graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree where he was twice awarded merit scholarships. He now resides in the Los Gatos/Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. Smedt’s paintings have been showing in distinguished art galleries for thirty years and are collected internationally.