Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Abstract at Angkrit Gallery, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Natural Drawing (Sukhothai). Oil, Acrylic, and Collage on Canvas. 2010.
by Rene Smith.


Opens at Angkrit Gallery in Chiang Rai August 7, 2010. Through September 30.

Photos from The Siam Art Fair 2010

Pictured above: Bangkok Art House's booth

Please visit my Flickr site to see more photos from The Siam Art Fair, Bangkok 2010.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Siam Art Fair - Bangkok ArtHouse

Bangkok ArtHouse Gallery will be showing a collaborative painting that I made with Kade Javanalikikorn at the Siam Art Fair.
The Siam Art Fair will be held between the July 31 and August 8, 2010 at
Crystal Design Center. 40 galleries from across Thailand will participate.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Exhibition by Rene Smith & David Burke in Bangkok


43/12 Soi Sukhumvit 31
Bangkok, Thailand

JULY 15th to AUGUST 16th, 2010

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday July 15th

Rene Smith. Thailand's Least Visited National Park II. Oil on canvas 90 x 100cm.

David Burke. Acrylic and resin on canvas.

This exhibition showcases the paintings of two American artists, Rene Smith (New York) and David Burke (California). Both artists have recently held the one-year position of Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University.

Dreaming My Dreams With You is an exhibition of new work by David Burke and Rene Smith made during their one year stay in Thailand. The paintings are a combination of ideas and techniques developed in the U.S. with images and concepts influenced by life in Thailand. Their work explores the way that traveling to and living in another culture mixes the visitor's actual experiences with dreams, fantasies, and hopes about new places. David Burke uses a unique and highly contemporary process of hi tech resins, gels, and acrylic paint to create his visually stunning semi-abstract paintings. Rene Smith uses a glazing technique based on traditional oil painting methods of the Renaissance to create paintings that are both highly realistic and dream-like. Although the two artists' work and techniques are very different, they have both been inspired by the experience of living as foreigners in Thailand. Both artists have been struck with the way that interior spaces flow into exterior spaces in Thailand, and the way that this causes the line between a private, interior space and a public, exterior space to blur.

This exhibition is the result of a true cultural exchange. David Burke and Rene Smith have been fortunate to spend a full year each in Thailand inside a predominantly Thai university. This experience has led to a very close relationship with Thai students and professors and a greater understanding between Thai and U.S. artists and art students. This exhibition is a reflection of their unique experience.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Thai Artists in New York

There are just a few days left to see Pinaree Sanpitak's show Quietly Floating at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in Chelsea. The gallery will be showing another Thai artist later this month. Jakkai Siributr's exhibition Karma Cash & Carry will open on April 22nd.

Coming up in May is a group show in Dumbo, Brooklyn by The Thai Artists Alliance, a group of Thai artists and designers living in New York. The show opens May 25. More information is on their website:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Upcoming Exhibition in Bangkok

I will be returning to Thailand in July 2010 for a two person show with David Burke in Bangkok. The show will be at a new gallery that is opening soon. Please stay tuned for in progress pics and more!

This blog has been neglected due to the death of my trusty Macbook (RIP 2004-09) but I have a new computer and will be updating it again.

Thanks to Supapong Laodheerasiri for helping with the installation of my show at Chiang Mai University last year, and taking the great photo that I posted above.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exhibition in Chiang Mai

René Smith
Greatest Hits 2008 - 2552
September 2- 14, 2009
Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery Chiang Mai University

Photos from the show