Samantha Keely Smith's paintings are landscapes that play at the edge of abstraction, blurring between light-filled fields and non-objective compositions. Light suffuses the works through soft clouds of brushstrokes, while canvases like "Salvage" (2010) create contrast with ropey, surreal structures inhabiting the transcendental space.
- ARTINFO.com Editor's Pick
Samantha Keely Smith's paintings are radiant with pulsating fiery potency. Yet they present a disquieting chilly vision of a world that is no longer welcoming for humans. The New York-based artist's magnificent semi-abstract landscapes keep to a strictly limited palette of predominantly complementary colors. Its compelling contrasts nonetheless create a sense of total harmony which captures our imagination by creating the arresting aura of a world full and fulfilled without the presence of any extraneous life-forms.
- Ana Finel Honigman
Senior London Correspondent/Critic
The Saatchi Gallery Online, 2008