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Clarice Smith

1933

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Biography

Clarice Smith was born in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Maryland and received a BA and MFA from the George Washington University, where she was also a member of the Art Department faculty from 1980 to 1987.

She has been painting professionally for over 40 years and has had numerous solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the United STates and abroad, including in London, Paris, Zurich, Maastricht, and Jerusalem.

Smith focused her studies on traditional painting, training through life drawing and working in oils. Her oeuvre includes portraits, florals, landscapes, still lifes and horses. Her paintings can be described as both optically real and occasionally impressionistic in subject embracing still life, portraiture, genre and flowers. Of her work, Smith has said: "I paint the world I live in, the things I know. I'm not making political statements. I aspire to the paintings of Degas, Sargent, and Ingres."

In the last decade, Smith has had four solo exhibitions at major institutions: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2009); The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (2011); The New-York Historical Society, New York (2013); and the National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA (2014).