Bryan Keith Smith Estate
1957 - 2014
The Art Cellar Gallery is proud to represent the estate of painter Bryan Keith Smith, a highly regarded artist of the South East.
Bryan Keith Smith painted scenes that inspired him, from the long range Appalachian vistas and rivers to fishing boats and street scenes. His passion as an artist striving to challenge medium and technique are evident in the results of his long successful career. Known predominately for watercolor paintings Smith's work is distinctive for depth, detail and rich use of paint. His work, both watercolors and oils, gives a sense of place transporting viewers to the locations that captured his artistic interest.
The Bryan Keith Smith estate collection includes oil paintings and watercolors from throughout his career.
All who knew Bryan appreciated his unmistakable talent, quick smile and caring personalty.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to share the artist's life work through this important collection.
Bryan Keith Smith’s career spanned more than thirty years, his art work won more than sixty awards and resides in collections nationally and internationally.
Bryan Keith Smith began his artistic career in 1976 as a self taught nineteen year-old native of Virginia Beach, VA. His first works were in oils but he later become captivated with the process and results of working in watercolors. His talent was quickly recognized by enthusiastic collectors and received numerous awards from festivals and exhibitions. In 1984 Bryan settled in St. Augustine, Florida and opened his own gallery continuing to build his reputation and demand for his richly detailed watercolors. He was a vital and engaged member of the active St. Augustine arts community.
In 1990 Bryan Keith Smith moved his studio to Franklin, in Western North Carolina and focused on the scenes all around him, from riverbeds, farms and rock outcroppings to the Carolina coast. His artwork stands apart for his detailed realism, rich layering of watercolor and a natural ability to capture atmosphere and light.
Smith’s work has been included in exhibitions from Virginia to Florida and continued to receive accolades and awards throughout his career. In 2014 Bryan Keith Smith died after a year long battle with cancer. His artwork stands as a testament to his talent, dedication and life long passion for art.
Bryan's last solo exhibition at The Art Cellar Gallery in 2012, featured a return to oils on canvas along with his watercolors. It had been his dream to present a body of large scale oils on canvas and the works were received with high praise for their remarkable style, rich color and artistic mastery, all highlighting his lifetime of commitment and passion for his art.