Tamsin Smith (1967- ) “Beatitudes on the Down Beat,” oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches framed, 2020. The painting is initialed in the lower right, “TS”, and is signed on the reverse.
Tamsin Spencer Smith was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida. She graduated with highest honors from Kenyon College, for her thesis on Vladimir Nabokov. Smith is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and has been living in San Francisco since 1997.
Smith has a studio South of Market in San Francisco and her painting practice includes both abstraction and figurative work. She has had several exhibitions in San Francisco, including two solo exhibitions at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in 2018 and 2019; and group shows at Modern Eden Gallery, Incline Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, Kings Gallery (Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco), and Avenue 12 Gallery. An exhibition of her abstract collaborations with painter Emilio Villalba, “The Painter’s Alphabet,” was reviewed in Juxtapoz Magazine in 2019.
Smith is also a poet and essayist. Her debut verse collection Word Cave was published by Risk Press. FMSBW released her second collection Between First & Second Sleep in late 2018.
This painting of a figure, in what appears to be an interior setting, is reminiscent of the Bay Area Figurative painters, such as Elmer Bischoff and Theophilus Brown. It is a charming and intimate painting, conveying crystalized sentiment, despite it’s narrative ambiguity.