SAM SHMITH

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SAM SHMITH is an Australian photo-media artist based in New York City.

His images represent a poetic exploration into the modern experience of the sublime. His established visual language, the vehicles and homes which permeate his landscapes, describe the synthesis of experience integral to his world view; his sublime is an insulated one, seen through glass, a simultaneous experience of inside and out, darkness and light, fear and wonder.

Shmith works in a variety of photographic media; pigment, digital type C and dye sublimation prints. His artworks are photo-composites, constructed from the artist’s vast archive of photographic material which he has accumulated for close to two decades.

Shmith was born in London in 1980, he has lived in Melbourne, Australia, for most of his life. He graduated from RMIT in 2005 and has lived in New York City since 2012. Shmith has held six solo exhibitions and has been curated into several group shows, including Light Works (National Gallery of Victoria, 2012) and Gifted Artists (National Gallery of Australia, 2014). His work has been acquired into several major collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, Patrick Corrigan Collection, Murray Art Museum, Artbank, and Macquarie Group Collection, as well as private collections throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.

Shmith was the winner of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2012 and the Patrick Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award in 2009. His work was acquired by the Murray Art Museum in their 2010 National Photography Prize. He been a finalist in several prestigious visual arts awards including the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2010, 2011 and 2014), the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2013), the Blake Prize for Religious and Spiritual Art (2013), and the Albury Art Prize (2012).

Shmith has been a recipient of development grants through both the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria. In 2015, he was offered a Residency Fellow position at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in New York.

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