Mr. Jim Smith began his art career in SoHo, NYC as a working artist in the 1970s near the end of the pop art movement. Smith is currently on faculty at the Bolles School where he teaches advance three-dimensional art classes. He began his teaching career in Jacksonville in 1977 after moving down from Litchfield, Connecticut

In Jacksonville, Smith has been an active participant in the art community since 1977. He is a founding member of the Northeast Florida Sculptors Group, has shown his art internationally in both Mexico and Europe. He currently exhibits at the Southlight Art Gallery in Jacksonville.

Mr. Smith is a major contributor to the annual Empty Bowls project benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition, he donates art to various charities such as Art Unleashed (to benefit homeless pets), the Make a Wish Foundation of Jacksonville, and the Patrons of the Heart program.

Artist’s Statement

When I see an old tea cup, it speaks to me of warm, light-filled kitchens.  It speaks of domestic ease. If the old tea cup is cracked or chipped, it tells a different story. I regard objects as words in my life, and I think of myself as a visual poet who attempts to string these words/objects together to make a statement that will touch others.

My approach to my assemblages is often to create the individual components that comprise them, so I don’t use found objects exclusively. Lately I have been using more and more photography in my art. With these photos and my 3-0 images, I attempt to make what I hope are visual poems. I will often use well-known iconography, like hearts, to lend thematic continuity to facilitate the viewer’s understanding of the content of my sculptures.

The other artist form I relate to is that of a pop song writer, as most of my themes are ones that are easy for others to identify.  Like a songwriter, sometimes the words come first, and sometimes the music does. With me, sometimes the themes precede while other times it is the objects.

The goal of my art is to lead my viewers to experience personal epiphanies as they seek to understand the meaning and emotion implicit in the pieces, and perhaps even to capture feelings like the ones that inspired my creative energy.