ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shelby Dawn Smith is an artist who grew up in small town Northwestern Ontario, and currently conducts her practice in Kenora, Ontario. She graduated with honours from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa in 2015. It wasn’t until the final years of her BFA that she began exploring abstraction, after discovering the art of other abstractionists, like Fiona Rae and Cy Twombly.
Shelby’s expressive mixed-media paintings explore the complexities of emotion through visual elements, such as colour and texture, and attempt to find a balance between harmony and tension. Her debut solo show, Different Every Time, took place in the spring of 2016 at Studio Sixty-Six and showcased her experimental and process-based style. In the spring of 2019, Shelby was announced as the Programmer for Kenora’s new Art Centre.