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 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 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, exploitation and oppression so they will never be forgotten nor duplicated. Smith creates this work because he must.