moniquemeloche is pleased to represent Portland, Oregon-based artist Arvie Smith and will mount Smith’s first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery titled Call and Response. In his artistic career spanning over 4 decades, Arvie Smith transforms the history of oppressed and stereotyped segments of the American experience into lyrical two-dimensional master works. His paintings are commonly of psychological images revealing a deep sympathy for the dispossessed and marginalized members of society in an unrelenting search for beauty, meaning, and equality. Smith’s work reflects powerful injustices and the will to resist and survive. His memories of growing up in the Jim Crow-era South add to his awareness of the legacy that the slavery of African American’s has left with all Americans today. His intention is to solidify the memory of atrocities and oppression so they will never be forgotten nor duplicated.
Arvie Smith’s first solo exhibition will present a series of new paintings and legacy works, opening September 23 and on view through November 5.