Preston M. Smith (PMS)

Joined Artfinder: Jan. 2015

Artworks for sale: 619

(42)

United States

About Preston M. Smith (PMS)

 
 
  • Biography
    ARTFINDER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW- click to read my exclusive interview with Artfinder!

    - "I paint the light and dark that is within us all." - PMS 

    Artist Preston M. Smith (PMS) found himself cross-eyed and with no depth perception as a child.  This was the "lens" through which he developed his unique visual perspective of the world, which he now shares as a painter with his highly textured and vibrantly colorful works. Graduating from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art/Theater Arts, Preston then moved to Los Angeles where he has since worked for 15 years as a fine artist.  Preston’s work can best be categorized as having a mixture of both abstract and figurative styles, many times within the same piece. His mantra for his vibrant Abstract work is "color, texture, and beauty" and they are highly textured and tactile, almost "edible". His colors are bold and his figures tend to be moody, with eyes being a major focal point.  His work and life have been an expression of moving from darkness into light. Preston’s work has been showcased alongside David Lynch and at the Inaugural Purple Ball for President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009, where he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of the President.  His work was recently part of Laluzapalooza and two times at the Coaster Show at the world famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery and he also completed and auctioned off a live painting for a celebrity fundraiser for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation late last year.  Preston's artwork and mindset was also the subject of a documentary short directed by Tony Lugo entitled "Negativity To Creativity" and his artwork and designs have been featured in Offbeat Bride twice this year.  Most recently, Preston and his work was chosen as a 2018 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner by a prominent curatorial team.  His work is in private collections around the world as well in the homes of celebrities such as Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, and so forth. 


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  • Education

    1997 - 2001

    Gonzaga University

  • Awards

    2018

    1st 2018 Artslant Prize Showcase

    My work was chosen as one of the winners of the 1st 2018 Artslant Prize Showcase by a panel of curators. Check it out here:

    https://www.artslant.com/la/showcases/showcase?listtype=showcase&sublist=67%5EAbstract

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    2015

    "Shattered" Recieves 3rd Place in "All Abstracts" Competition

    My abstract piece "Shattered" placed 3rd in the "All Abstracts" Competition for Contemporary Art Gallery Online! You can view and purchase this work here on Artfinder:
    https://www.artfinder.com/manage/pmsartwork/product/shattered-ae35/

    2015

    Selected artist for Artist Portfolio Magazine competition and issue "LA vs. NY"

    One of ten artists selected in Los Angeles to be featured in the "LA vs. NY" edition of Artist Portfolio Magazine and competition. Artwork and profile featured in this issue. https://artistportfoliomagazine.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/art-by-preston-m-smith-la-vs-ny/

    2014

    Hatchfund Grant

    Received a Grant from Hatchfund for a campaign entitled "Frame Me" that helped me to be able to frame some of my older works.

    2001

    Krelsheimer Assistantship

    Awarded to one art student, recognized for their skill in fine arts. I worked alongside my professor and mentor Robert Gilmore for one year, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue my art career.
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Abstract Badass - Ed Moses We Are Coming For You

    Dates: Sept. 9, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2017

    Venue: ShockBoxx, Hermosa Beach, California

    Group exhibition/homage to the great Ed Moses, famous Los Angeles artist.

    Event: Coaster Show 2017

    Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017

    Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    The annual Coaster Show at the famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA.

    Event: $100 Art Sale

    Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 - Sept. 10, 2017

    Venue: Hale Arts $100 ART Sale, Hale Arts S P A C E, Santa Monica, CA

    Exhibition where all works are sold for just $100 a piece!

    Event: Dulcepalloza

    Dates: Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 27, 2017

    Venue: Neutra Museum, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Group exhibition of bizarre works.

    Event: Vs.

    Dates: June 30, 2017 - July 21, 2017

    Venue: Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California

    Group exhibition of artist paired up with each other to collaborate on artworks.

    Event: Out There

    Dates: June 9, 2017 - June 16, 2017

    Venue: Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California

    Group Exhibition for pride month.

    Event: "Deconstructing Color & Form"

    Dates: March 25, 2017 - April 1, 2017

    Venue: Beyond the lines Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    I am one of four artists exhibiting my work in this awesome exhibition of abstract works. I will be showing 15 -20 colorful, textured abstract works on wood, canvas, and micro paintings. Come check out the opening on Saturday March 25th, from 5 - 9 pm at Bergamot Station. It will be colorful!

    Event: "Ocean Exhibit"

    Dates: Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2017

    Venue: Beyond the lines Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    A group exhibition of ocean themed artworks. I showed my pieces "Cast Away" and "When The Levee Breaks" at the exhibition and sold "Cast Away" to a Los Angles collector.

    Event: "Coaster Show 2016"

    Dates: Sept. 2, 2016 - Oct. 2, 2016

    Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    I have four unique original pieces in the 4th Annual "Coaster Show 2016" at the famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA. Hope to catch you there. September 2nd - October 2nd, 2016.

    Event: $100 Art Sale

    Dates: April 15, 2016 - April 24, 2016

    Venue: haleARTS S P A C E, Santa Monica, CA

    All works at this popular show were sold for $100 a piece. A wonderful group exhibition at a beautiful gallery in Santa Monica, California in a building designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

    Event: "Laluzapalooza"

    Dates: March 4, 2016 - March 27, 2016

    Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    My work will be a part of the group show "Laluzapalooza" for the famous La Luz De Jesus in Hollywood, California. Opening reception is Friday March 4th, and the exhibition will be up through March 27th.

    Event: An Evening of Magic, Mystery & Intrigue!

    Dates: June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015

    Venue: The Magic Castle Hollywood, 7001 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    2 person art auction at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. Celebrity fundraiser and benefit for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation. Part of the proceeds from my art sales go towards cultivating California's creative economy.

    Event: "Group Exhibition"

    Dates: May 8, 2015 - July 8, 2015

    Venue: AD Gallery, 8670 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 114, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    A four person group exhibition at the wonderful AD Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. I am showing 8 original PMS Artwork paintings in this space. Contact owner and curator Amy Delaporte for more details: http://www.adgallerybh.com/

    Event: "Beyond the Lines"

    Dates: April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015

    Venue: Astroetic Studios, 224 E. 11th St., Los Angeles CA 90015

    Group exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

    Event: "Group Exhibition and Event"

    Dates: Feb. 7, 2015 - Feb. 8, 2015

    Venue: WIZNU Labs, 724 S. SPRING STREET #703 LOS ANGELES, CA 90014

    A group exhibition and event featuring live music, artwork from Los Angeles artists at the famous WIZNU Labs in the downtown Los Angeles art scene. Participating in the LA Artwalk.

    Event: "Group Exhibition"

    Dates: Feb. 6, 2015 - Feb. 27, 2015

    Venue: Hud Gallery, Ventura, CA

    A group exhibition of some of the finest artists in Southern California and beyond. Showing 9 pieces, including my newest series of female portraits.

    Event: "Group Show"

    Dates: Jan. 10, 2015 - Feb. 15, 2015

    Venue: Cause Gallery, 959 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    A Group show at the Cause Gallery in the downtown Chinatown Arts District in Los Angeles, California.

    Event: "Group Show"

    Dates: Dec. 20, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015

    Venue: 2nd St. Cigar Lounge & Gallery, 124 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    A Group Exhibition at the famous 2nd St. Cigar Lounge & Gallery on Gallery Row in Downtown Los Angeles, CA featuring a collection of some of the most eclectic and talented emerging artists in L.A.

    Event: "PMS Artwork"

    Dates: July 2, 2014 - Jan. 9, 2015

    Venue: Piknic, 13020 Pacific Promenade #1, Playa Vista, CA 90094

    An ongoing solo exhibition of my work at a popular location in Playa Vista, California. Featuring seven of my most diverse paintings.

    Event: Celebrity Veteran's Day Benefit

    Dates: Nov. 11, 2012 - Nov. 12, 2012

    Venue: Celebrity Veteran's Day Benefit, Camarillo, CA

    Celebrity Veteran's Day benefit and auction. Featuring top Southern California artists, musicians, celebrities, and political figures. Tracy Saunders, Organizer.

    Event: "Solstice"

    Dates: July 20, 2012 - July 21, 2012

    Venue: Raw Artists Event, Key Club, Hollywood, CA

    A group exhibition and event featuring top artists and musicians from Los Angeles, CA. Kaila Yu, Organizer.

    Event: "Trees"

    Dates: July 10, 2012 - July 11, 2012

    Venue: Dysonna City Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    A group exhibition and art competition featuring emerging artist from Southern California.

    Event: "The Painted Dot"

    Dates: June 15, 2012 - June 22, 2012

    Venue: Think Tank Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

    A group show for L’art Pour L’art, featuring top emerging artists and bands from the Los Angeles area. Baha Danesh, organizer.

    Event: "Group Show"

    Dates: Aug. 12, 2011 - Aug. 26, 2011

    Venue: The Hive Gallery & Art Studios, 729 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    A group exhibition featuring studio artist from the Hive and other top emerging artists from around the country. Romina Gonzalez, Director.

    Event: Obama Commission

    Dates: Jan. 20, 2009 - Jan. 21, 2009

    Venue: Inaugural Purple Ball, Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C

    13 original “Obama” paintings commissioned of Preston M. Smith for and featured at event and distributed to various celebrities such as Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, Amy Brenneman, Il Divo, and more.

    Event: David Lynch Foundation Benefit

    Dates: July 16, 2008 - July 16, 2008

    Venue: David Lynch Foundation Benefit, Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA

    A benefit art auction and concert for the David Lynch Foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation in schools for higher learning, development and overall well-being. David Lynch and Preston M. Smith donating artists. Preston's live painting of David Lynch was auctioned and sold the night of the benefit, alongside Mr. Lynch's work. Joshua Reed and Erin Skipper ,organizers.

    Event: "PMS Artwork"

    Dates: Jan. 1, 2008 - Feb. 1, 2008

    Venue: Colachi Arts, Manitou Springs, CO

    A solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Preston M. Smith. Tina Siegfried, Director.

Links


Education

1997 - 2001

Gonzaga University


Awards

2018

1st 2018 Artslant Prize Showcase

My work was chosen as one of the winners of the 1st 2018 Artslant Prize Showcase by a panel of curators. Check it out here:

https://www.artslant.com/la/showcases/showcase?listtype=showcase&sublist=67%5EAbstract

Show more awardsHide

2015

"Shattered" Recieves 3rd Place in "All Abstracts" Competition

My abstract piece "Shattered" placed 3rd in the "All Abstracts" Competition for Contemporary Art Gallery Online! You can view and purchase this work here on Artfinder:
https://www.artfinder.com/manage/pmsartwork/product/shattered-ae35/

2015

Selected artist for Artist Portfolio Magazine competition and issue "LA vs. NY"

One of ten artists selected in Los Angeles to be featured in the "LA vs. NY" edition of Artist Portfolio Magazine and competition. Artwork and profile featured in this issue. https://artistportfoliomagazine.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/art-by-preston-m-smith-la-vs-ny/

2014

Hatchfund Grant

Received a Grant from Hatchfund for a campaign entitled "Frame Me" that helped me to be able to frame some of my older works.

2001

Krelsheimer Assistantship

Awarded to one art student, recognized for their skill in fine arts. I worked alongside my professor and mentor Robert Gilmore for one year, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue my art career.

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Abstract Badass - Ed Moses We Are Coming For You

Dates: Sept. 9, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2017

Venue: ShockBoxx, Hermosa Beach, California

Group exhibition/homage to the great Ed Moses, famous Los Angeles artist.

Event: Coaster Show 2017

Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017

Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

The annual Coaster Show at the famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA.

Event: $100 Art Sale

Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 - Sept. 10, 2017

Venue: Hale Arts $100 ART Sale, Hale Arts S P A C E, Santa Monica, CA

Exhibition where all works are sold for just $100 a piece!

Event: Dulcepalloza

Dates: Aug. 5, 2017 - Aug. 27, 2017

Venue: Neutra Museum, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Group exhibition of bizarre works.

Event: Vs.

Dates: June 30, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Venue: Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California

Group exhibition of artist paired up with each other to collaborate on artworks.

Event: Out There

Dates: June 9, 2017 - June 16, 2017

Venue: Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California

Group Exhibition for pride month.

Event: "Deconstructing Color & Form"

Dates: March 25, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Venue: Beyond the lines Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

I am one of four artists exhibiting my work in this awesome exhibition of abstract works. I will be showing 15 -20 colorful, textured abstract works on wood, canvas, and micro paintings. Come check out the opening on Saturday March 25th, from 5 - 9 pm at Bergamot Station. It will be colorful!

Event: "Ocean Exhibit"

Dates: Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2017

Venue: Beyond the lines Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

A group exhibition of ocean themed artworks. I showed my pieces "Cast Away" and "When The Levee Breaks" at the exhibition and sold "Cast Away" to a Los Angles collector.

Event: "Coaster Show 2016"

Dates: Sept. 2, 2016 - Oct. 2, 2016

Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

I have four unique original pieces in the 4th Annual "Coaster Show 2016" at the famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA. Hope to catch you there. September 2nd - October 2nd, 2016.

Event: $100 Art Sale

Dates: April 15, 2016 - April 24, 2016

Venue: haleARTS S P A C E, Santa Monica, CA

All works at this popular show were sold for $100 a piece. A wonderful group exhibition at a beautiful gallery in Santa Monica, California in a building designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

Event: "Laluzapalooza"

Dates: March 4, 2016 - March 27, 2016

Venue: La Luz De Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

My work will be a part of the group show "Laluzapalooza" for the famous La Luz De Jesus in Hollywood, California. Opening reception is Friday March 4th, and the exhibition will be up through March 27th.

Event: An Evening of Magic, Mystery & Intrigue!

Dates: June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015

Venue: The Magic Castle Hollywood, 7001 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

2 person art auction at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. Celebrity fundraiser and benefit for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation. Part of the proceeds from my art sales go towards cultivating California's creative economy.

Event: "Group Exhibition"

Dates: May 8, 2015 - July 8, 2015

Venue: AD Gallery, 8670 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 114, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

A four person group exhibition at the wonderful AD Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. I am showing 8 original PMS Artwork paintings in this space. Contact owner and curator Amy Delaporte for more details: http://www.adgallerybh.com/

Event: "Beyond the Lines"

Dates: April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015

Venue: Astroetic Studios, 224 E. 11th St., Los Angeles CA 90015

Group exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Event: "Group Exhibition and Event"

Dates: Feb. 7, 2015 - Feb. 8, 2015

Venue: WIZNU Labs, 724 S. SPRING STREET #703 LOS ANGELES, CA 90014

A group exhibition and event featuring live music, artwork from Los Angeles artists at the famous WIZNU Labs in the downtown Los Angeles art scene. Participating in the LA Artwalk.

Event: "Group Exhibition"

Dates: Feb. 6, 2015 - Feb. 27, 2015

Venue: Hud Gallery, Ventura, CA

A group exhibition of some of the finest artists in Southern California and beyond. Showing 9 pieces, including my newest series of female portraits.

Event: "Group Show"

Dates: Jan. 10, 2015 - Feb. 15, 2015

Venue: Cause Gallery, 959 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Group show at the Cause Gallery in the downtown Chinatown Arts District in Los Angeles, California.

Event: "Group Show"

Dates: Dec. 20, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015

Venue: 2nd St. Cigar Lounge & Gallery, 124 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Group Exhibition at the famous 2nd St. Cigar Lounge & Gallery on Gallery Row in Downtown Los Angeles, CA featuring a collection of some of the most eclectic and talented emerging artists in L.A.

Event: "PMS Artwork"

Dates: July 2, 2014 - Jan. 9, 2015

Venue: Piknic, 13020 Pacific Promenade #1, Playa Vista, CA 90094

An ongoing solo exhibition of my work at a popular location in Playa Vista, California. Featuring seven of my most diverse paintings.

Event: Celebrity Veteran's Day Benefit

Dates: Nov. 11, 2012 - Nov. 12, 2012

Venue: Celebrity Veteran's Day Benefit, Camarillo, CA

Celebrity Veteran's Day benefit and auction. Featuring top Southern California artists, musicians, celebrities, and political figures. Tracy Saunders, Organizer.

Event: "Solstice"

Dates: July 20, 2012 - July 21, 2012

Venue: Raw Artists Event, Key Club, Hollywood, CA

A group exhibition and event featuring top artists and musicians from Los Angeles, CA. Kaila Yu, Organizer.

Event: "Trees"

Dates: July 10, 2012 - July 11, 2012

Venue: Dysonna City Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

A group exhibition and art competition featuring emerging artist from Southern California.

Event: "The Painted Dot"

Dates: June 15, 2012 - June 22, 2012

Venue: Think Tank Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

A group show for L’art Pour L’art, featuring top emerging artists and bands from the Los Angeles area. Baha Danesh, organizer.

Event: "Group Show"

Dates: Aug. 12, 2011 - Aug. 26, 2011

Venue: The Hive Gallery & Art Studios, 729 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A group exhibition featuring studio artist from the Hive and other top emerging artists from around the country. Romina Gonzalez, Director.

Event: Obama Commission

Dates: Jan. 20, 2009 - Jan. 21, 2009

Venue: Inaugural Purple Ball, Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C

13 original “Obama” paintings commissioned of Preston M. Smith for and featured at event and distributed to various celebrities such as Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, Amy Brenneman, Il Divo, and more.

Event: David Lynch Foundation Benefit

Dates: July 16, 2008 - July 16, 2008

Venue: David Lynch Foundation Benefit, Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA

A benefit art auction and concert for the David Lynch Foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation in schools for higher learning, development and overall well-being. David Lynch and Preston M. Smith donating artists. Preston's live painting of David Lynch was auctioned and sold the night of the benefit, alongside Mr. Lynch's work. Joshua Reed and Erin Skipper ,organizers.

Event: "PMS Artwork"

Dates: Jan. 1, 2008 - Feb. 1, 2008

Venue: Colachi Arts, Manitou Springs, CO

A solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Preston M. Smith. Tina Siegfried, Director.


 

Biography

ARTFINDER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW- click to read my exclusive interview with Artfinder!

- "I paint the light and dark that is within us all." - PMS 

Artist Preston M. Smith (PMS) found himself cross-eyed and with no depth perception as a child.  This was the "lens" through which he developed his unique visual perspective of the world, which he now shares as a painter with his highly textured and vibrantly colorful works. Graduating from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art/Theater Arts, Preston then moved to Los Angeles where he has since worked for 15 years as a fine artist.  Preston’s work can best be categorized as having a mixture of both abstract and figurative styles, many times within the same piece. His mantra for his vibrant Abstract work is "color, texture, and beauty" and they are highly textured and tactile, almost "edible". His colors are bold and his figures tend to be moody, with eyes being a major focal point.  His work and life have been an expression of moving from darkness into light. Preston’s work has been showcased alongside David Lynch and at the Inaugural Purple Ball for President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009, where he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of the President.  His work was recently part of Laluzapalooza and two times at the Coaster Show at the world famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery and he also completed and auctioned off a live painting for a celebrity fundraiser for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation late last year.  Preston's artwork and mindset was also the subject of a documentary short directed by Tony Lugo entitled "Negativity To Creativity" and his artwork and designs have been featured in Offbeat Bride twice this year.  Most recently, Preston and his work was chosen as a 2018 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner by a prominent curatorial team.  His work is in private collections around the world as well in the homes of celebrities such as Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, and so forth. 


 
 
 
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