PMS Info

Articles, Interviews & Noteworthy Info:

2017 PMS Featured in Vegan Life Magazine Article

2017 PMS Artwork Custom Painted Wedding Dress Is #2 In The Top 9 Designs Named In Offbeat Bride

2017 PMS Documentary Short Directed by Tony Lugo-Ponce

2017 PMS Artwork Inspired Wedding Vow Renewal Shoot in Offbeat Bride

2017 PMS Interview For Steve Molter's Five Questions

2017 PMS Exclusive Interview With Artfinder

2017 PMS Artwork Featured In Art Muzeo Magazine, Issue #2

2017 Review Of My Work At The "Ocean Exhibit"

2016 Bring Hollywood Home Event Article

2016 Completed Mini Murals project for Motor Ave Improvement Association

2015 My piece "Shattered" takes third place in online art competition

2015 Artist Portfolio Magazine article - Selected Artist for "LA vs. NY"

2014 The White List - Interview

2014 The Wall Breakers - article

2014 Art Blog Daily

President Obama Commission Article

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions:

2016 - "Live Painting & Auction", Benefit Auction for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation, Santa Monica, CA. Preston M. Smith (PMS), Gary Charles Visconti, and Jake Hernandez contributing artists. Sharon Jimenez, director.

2015 - "An Evening of Magic, Mystery, & Intrigue", Benefit Auction for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA. Preston M. Smith (PMS) and Gary Charles Visconti contributing artists. Sharon Jimenez, Director.

2009 - President Barack Obama Inauguration, "Inaugural Purple Ball", 12 original "Obama" paintings commissioned for and featured at event and distributed to various celebrities such as Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ashley Judd, Patricia Arquette, Josh Lucas, Amy Brenneman, Il Divo, and more. January 20th, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C.. Foad Afshari and Asal Masomi, Organizers.

2008 - The Key Club, “Fundraiser/Art Show” for the David Lynch Foundation. Hollywood, CA. David Lynch and Preston Smith donating artists. Joshua Reed and Erin Skipper organizers.

2008 - Celestial Opera Company, "Solo Show", for opening of Giulio Cesare. Pasadena, CA. Michelle McWilliams, Curator.

2008 - Celestial Opera Company, "Solo Show", for opening of The Bartered Bride. Pasadena, CA. Michelle McWilliams, Curator.

2007 - Celestial Opera Company, "Solo Show", for opening of Beethoven's Fidelio. Pasadena, CA. Michelle McWilliams, Curator.

2006 - Colachi Arts, "PMS Artwork" - Manitou Springs, CO. Tina Siegfried, Director.

Group Exhibitions:

2017 - "Coaster Show 2017", La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood, CA. Matt Kennedy, director.

2017 - "Dulcepalloza", Neutra Museum, 2379 Glendale Blvd., Silverlake, CA. Dulce Stein, curator.

2017 - "Vs.", Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069.

2017 - "Out There", Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069, juried by William Escalera and Francisco George.

2017 - "$100 Art Sale", haleARTS S P A C E, Santa Monica, CA. Betsy Enzensberger, curator.

2017 - "Deconstructing Color And Form", 4 Artist Exhibition, Beyond The Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue | Space G8A map | Santa Monica, CA 90404, Brittany Davis, Owner and Director.

2017 - "Ocean Exhibition", Beyond The Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue | Space G8A map | Santa Monica, CA 90404, Brittany Davis, Owner and Director.

2017 - "Dance And Theater", Beyond The Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue | Space G8A map | Santa Monica, CA 90404, Brittany Davis, Owner and Director.

2016 - "Coaster Show 2016", La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood, CA. Matt Kennedy, director.

2016 - "Spectrum Gestalt 3", BG Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue | Space G8A map | Santa Monica, CA 90404, Airom Bleicher, Curator.

2016 - "Contemporary Art Show", Conception, LA Mother, Hollywood, CA. Conception events, organizer.

2016 - "$100 Art Sale", haleARTS, Santa Monica, CA.

2016 - "Laluzapalooza", La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood, CA. Matt Kennedy, director.

2015 – "Spectrum Gestalt 2", BG Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue | Space G8A map | Santa Monica, CA 90404, Airom Bleicher, Curator.

2015 – "Group Exhibition", AD Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. Amy Delaporte, owner and curator.

2015 – "Group Exhibition", Hud Gallery, Ventura, CA Yessica Torres, Director.

2015 – "Beyond The Lines", 605 Imperial St, Los Angeles, CA, Brittany Davis, Curator.

2015 – "Beyond The Lines", Astroetic Studios, Downtown LA, CA Brittany Davis, Curator.

2015 – "Nu Art", WIZNU Labs Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA Kendra Cryan, Organizer.

2015 – "Group Show", Cause Gallery, Chinatown Arts District, CA Frank Takaki, Director.

2015 – "Group Display", Garbage Gallery, Culver City Arts District, CA Mark Birnbaum, Director.

2014|2015 – "Group Show", 2nd St. Cigar Lounge & Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA Kendra Cryan, Organizer.

2013 - Painting Haitus for PMS Animation Project

2012 – Artisfactions Celebrity Art Event, “Veterans Day Fundaiser & Celebrity Event”, Pier Pont Inn & Spa, Ventura, California. Tracy Saunders, Organizer.

2012 – Raw Artists Event, “Solstice”, Key Club. Hollywood, CA. Kaila Yu, Organizer.

2012 – L’art Pour L’art, “The Painted Dot”, Think Tank Gallery. Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Baha Danesh, Organizer.

2012 – L’art Pour L’art, “Art Industry Mixer”, Holding Co. Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Baha Danesh, Organizer.

2012 – Piknic, “Selected Works”, Playa Vista, CA. Kelly Potter, Organizer.

2011 – The Hive Gallery, “Group Show”, Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Romina Gonzalez, Director.

2011 - SubSpace Art, “Ground Control”. Culver City, CA. Randi Kristopher Kreeft, Director.

2010 – “Chocolate and Art” group show. Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Danilo Santos, Director.

2009 - The Loft, "Pancakes and Booze" art show. Culver City, CA. Tom Kirlin, Director.

2008 - The Key Club, "Donation Show" for the David Lynch Foundation. Hollywood, CA. David Lynch and Preston Smith donating artists. Joshua Reed and Erin Skipper organizers.

2008 - Koo's Gallery, "Group Show" - Long Beach, CA. Nick Wildermuth, Director.

2008 - Colachi Arts, "Group Show" - Manitou Springs, CO. Tina Siegfried, Director.

2007 - The Cherryl Alan Design Group, "Featured Artist" - Beverly Hills, CA. Cherryl Alan, Neil Zaniboni, Owners.

2007 - jFERRARI Gallery, "Anniversary Group Show" - Atwater Village, CA. Jazmin Ferrari, Director.

2007 - Infusion Gallery, "Group Show" - Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Jill and Dover Abrams, Directors.

2006 - Colachi Arts, "Group Show" - Manitou Springs, CO. Tina Siegfried, Director.

2006 - Gallery Noir, "Group Show #2" - Los Angeles, CA. Anabella Ricardo, RPG, Director.

2006 - Gallery Noir, "Group Show" - Los Angeles, CA. Anabella Ricardo, RPG, Director.

2006 - ADM Project Gallery, Group Exhibition for the Los Angeles Journal - Hollywood, CA. Coordinated by Neil Segura.

2006 - Caladan Gallery, "Birth of Worlds" - Beverly, MA. Marjorie Kaye, Director.

2005 - The J/R Gallery, "The Colors of J/R III" - Manhattan Beach, CA. Curated by Jason Patrick.

2005 - NoHo Gallery LA, "American Roots" - North Hollywood, CA. Curated by Daniel DeBevoise.

2005 - The J/R Gallery, "The Colors of J/R II" - Manhattan Beach, CA. Curated by Jason Patrick.

2005 - Caladan Gallery, "Dream States" - Beverly, MA. Marjorie Kaye, Director.

2005 - Thrillz Event/Group Exhibition - Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

2004 - Gallery 5350, "Holiday Show" - North Hollywood, CA. Curated by Leisa Wilcox and Randy Wilcox.

Commissions:

- 2016 - Completed 3 PMS Mini Murals for the city of Palms and the Motor Avenue Improvement Association. On Display between Palms and Cheviot Hills in Los Angeles. Lee Walloch, director.

- Obama Inauguration Commission. Commissioned to paint a series of 12 original President Barack Obama paintings for the Inaugural Purple Ball in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day (January 20th, 2009). Commissioned to paint these pieces for various celebrities attending the event, such as Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, Amy Brenneman, Il Divo, and President Obama himself. Attended the Ball in D.C., where paintings were displayed and distributed.

- Commissioned piece for the Celestial Opera Company, for Giulio Cesare. Los Angeles, CA. - 2008

- Two murals commissioned by Tap Out company. Popular Clothing line out of Los Angeles, CA. Visit them at www.tapout.com - 2007

- Commissioned piece for the Celestial Opera Company, for Beethoven's Fidelio. Los Angeles, CA. - 2007

- Commissioned piece for the Celestial Opera Company, for The Bartered Bride. Los Angeles, CA. - 2007

- More than 30 Private Commissions. - 2001 - Present

Publications/Miscellaneous:

- One of only 10 L.A. artist to be selected for the Artist Portfolio Magazine issue and competition "LA vs. NY". Artist and artwork featured on the website and in the magazine. https://artistportfoliomagazine.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/art-by-preston-m-smith-la-vs-ny/

- “Regrets” painting used as cover art for the childrens’ story, “Blessing In Disguise”. Nur Hafizah, author. Published online by Myebook.com.

- “Get a Hold of ‘Ground Control’ at Subspace”, January 28th, 2011. Article written by Nathan Solis for the Culver City Patch. Culver City, CA. http://patch.com/california/culvercity

- "Painting the President, Over and Over", February 2009. Ketchum, ID, The Idaho Mountain Express. Article written by Dana Dugan. http://archives.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005124721&var_Year=2009&var_Month=02&var_Day=06#.WQOP5I4kqEJ

- Named "Artist of the Day" on the Art Deadlines List/Artist of the Day blogspot. February 12th, 2008. http://artistoftheday/blogspot.com

- Artwork featured in Constellation Magazine, for the month of July, 2007. www.constellationmag.com

- "Los Angeles" painting featured in the Los Angeles Journal, for "I Hate L.A." article. Dec. 2005. Produced additional illustrations for subsecquent issues of this publication. 2006

Awards and Honors:

- 2015 - My piece "Shattered" takes third place in "All Abstracts" art competition for Contemporary Art Gallery Online. http://www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.gallery/july-2015-winners

- 2015 - One of only 10 L.A. artist to be selected for the Artist Portfolio Magazine issue and competition "LA vs. NY". Artist and artwork featured on the website and in the magazine. https://artistportfoliomagazine.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/art-by-preston-m-smith-la-vs-ny/

- 2015 - Painting "En Tus Ojos" selected as "Art of the Day" on Artfinder.com

- 2014 - Awarded Hatchfund Grant for campaign "Frame Me"

- Awarded Krelsheimer Assistantship. Assistant to Artist/Professor Robert Gilmore. Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA - 2001-2002

- Named "Artist of the Day" on the Art Deadlines List/Artist of the Day blogspot. February 12th, 2008. http://artistoftheday/blogspot.com

Education:

94’-97’ – Wood River High School – Sun Valley, ID. Extensive general art education. More than 20 courses taken.

2001 - Bachelors Degree from Gonzaga University - Spokane, WA. Fine Art and Theatre Arts.

2001-02 - Assistant Teacher to Artist/Professor Robert Gilmore. Focus on Painting and Drawing classes. Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.

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Artist Statement

Through my artwork, I am mainly interested in exploring the existential experience of the human being. I find myself constantly infatuated by “scenes”, almost “freeze-frames” of the human experience, ranging from the ordinary to those bordering on insanity. I am not concerned with adhering to specific genres that exist in art; in fact I will sometimes mix many different techniques in the same painting. Rather, my work focuses on and is an expression of the human condition, incorporating feelings of confusion, suffering, depression, wonder, nostalgia, empathy, happiness, etc.. Though my work many times features strong elements of realism, these “scenes” come mainly from my imagination and therefore can be quite abstract. However, I do deal with the human figure in many paintings and when doing so I am concerned primarily with emotional content. Eyes are a focal point in many of my paintings, and I also deal with the appearance of human skin much as I would with fabric. This makes my work stand apart from many figurative paintings. I keep myself constantly inspired by surrounding myself with music, literature, movies, and by cultivating my own everyday experiences. I use all of these elements to completely access the present moment, where all true creativity flows from, and which allows ideas to adapt and evolve. This is what feeds my art and helps it to grow and change with every passing day and moment.

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