Shinique Smith

b. 1971

Shinique Smith's work explores ideas of consumption and accumulation, and draws upon a multitude of vibrant sources, including dance, graffiti, Japanese calligraphy, and fashion. Her large-scale painting and sculpture incorporate elements of discarded clothing and collected bits of fabric, repurposing these common materials into towering forms and complex patterns. In her works on paper, she incorporates many of the same tactile elements, but the work takes on a more intimate character, with her fluid line and intricate layering shaping a very personal kind of abstraction.

A Baltimore native, Shinique Smith attended the Maryland Institute of Arts, where she received her BA and MFA. Her work has been collected and exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among many other venues. Her work is on view this summer at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of a group exhibition exploring abstraction by women artists of color. She was the recipient of the prestigious Anonymous Was A Woman Prize, awarded in 2016. Shinique lives and works in the Hudson Valley area of New York.