Andrew James Smith


Andrew attended the California College of Arts and Crafts on a full scholarship. He was the resident artist at the Coach House Press and taught papermaking at Massey College. He represented Canada at the 1st Handmade Paper Conference. He was represented by the Isaacs Gallery, Geraldine Davis Gallery, and Gallery Moos, exhibiting in Germany, Brazil, and as far away as Japan. We find his art in major public collections such as Cambridge Galleries, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery in Ottawa. He has received many awards and was featured in The Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Maclean’s, TVO, and FashionTV.

Escape Portals, currently on exhibit at Langdon Hall, studies Andrew’s fascination with the ‘Protogon Spiral’, a geometric shape he created, and its efflorescence repeated throughout his work. Though complex, the Protogon Spiral finds beauty in its infinitude and can stupefy even the most intelligent of minds. Intricate brush strokes, sublime use of colour, enormity, and sheer scale of repetition leave admirers pondering their own existence.