Born in Marin County and raised on the beaches of California’s central coast, Laura Smith Blair was heavily inspired by her environment.
Starting in 1987, she began her arts education from University of California at San Diego where she earned her BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in painting. Having worked with a variety of professors including, Faith Ringgold, Laura’s own work embraced the current conceptual movements of the time including identity performance art. She pursued painting for two summers at The Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduating, she painted alongside the brilliant muralist from South Korea, Dong Sun Kim through 1994, where she was embracing a tighter technical style of painting through commercial and residential projects. With her passion for murals, she painted for the next fifteen years in this large-scale format throughout many city streets and residences. From 1999-2006, she and her husband opened up their own gallery for emerging artists. This connection to paintings shifted her direction to the fine art world.
She has been in numerous galleries throughout California and her public collections include The Stanford Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Oakland, St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, and Pacific Catch Fish House Restaurants throughout the bay area as well as many private residences in the United States and overseas.
Solo show at Marrow Gallery June 1st 6-8pm. “Our Last Temptation”
In Laura Smith Blair’s latest body of work, she portrays California landscape through abstraction where past and future spaces meet. Calling on her concerns to climate change, she constructs, deconstructs and constructs paint again symbolizing the conflict between humans versus nature. Each line interrupts and defines borders representing our own human made static in the age of technology, population growth, and changes within our climate. As the viewer, we are left to decide what is our role in the destruction of ecosystems.