April 2, 2024

Michael Smith: Sea of Change at Beaverbrook Art Gallery

May 25th – November 7th
Official Opening, July, 18th, 2024

Catalogue with text by Nancy Tousley
Published by Goose Lane Editions with Beaverbrook Art Gallery

TrépanierBaer is pleased to announce Michael Smith will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, titled Michael Smith: Sea of Change. 

Montreal-based painter Michael Smith is known for his fluid and impasto surfaces as well as his ability to strike a poetic balance between representation and abstraction. Inspired by art history as well as historic and current events, Smith pulls from various sources to create his energetic landscapes and seascapes. J.M.W. Turner’s The Fountain of Indolence, George Chambers’s depictions of 19th-century Arctic expeditions, and Jean Paul Riopelle’s palette knife abstractions continually shape Smith’s understanding of landscape painting, while historically focused projects push the boundaries of his subject matter.

This major retrospective of Michael Smith’s paintings demonstrates his ability to mix landscape with abstraction, creating fictional spaces that show how experience impacts the way we view the world. Layering landscapes and seascapes, the familiar with the unfamiliar, Smith’s paintings convey (as Smith writes), “a mix of excitement and anxiety of a land, [that] although at times bucolic, is riddled with shadows.”

Accompanying this major exhibition is an eponymous catalogue that features 50 large-scale reproductions, an essay on Smith’s trajectory as an artist by critic-curator Nancy Tousley, and an interview with the artist by exhibition curator John Leroux.

Image Credit:

Michael Smith
Collide, 2023
Acrylic on canvas
90″ x 82″