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Spoken in Silence, Works by Eli Smith

  • 3rd Street Gallery 45 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

First  Friday - February 2nd, 5 -9 pm
Artist Reception - February 10th

Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12 - 5 pm


Eli Smith is a Philadelphia based artist working in oil paint. Most of his work deals with the human figure, with an emphasis on form eliciting emotion.
He draws much of his inspiration from his experience growing up with mental disability, specifically his Tourette Syndrome and OCD, as well as his brothers' Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. He uses this personal history as a starting point for creating his imagery.
Spoken in Silence is a series of paintings by Eli Smith which depict statues and sculptural work in some form. In the same way that the original stone works used power, posture and fidelity to describe the human body, Eli repurposes their forms for his series in an attempt to convey an emotional impact. He states that he wants to depict how we see ourselves through the imagery of these monolithic representations of our ideals, since many of the original statues were created as memorials or symbols of power and authority.

Image: Lumen by Eli Smith, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"