G.L. Smothers (b. 1969)
G.L. Smothers began painting as a private pastime at Kent State University in Ohio where he studied Industrial Design. Upon returning to Chicago, he began a career in interior design while continuing to paint in private. In 1994, he decided to pursue art full-time after hosting a successful show. Currently, Smothers works from his Chicago studio, receiving clients by appointment. During the past ten years he has exhibited his work in local and national venues in group and solo exhibitions, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the University Club of Chicago, the University of Illinois African American Cultural Center, Jordan Evans Institute, Peter Jones Gallery, the Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Ravenswood Art Walk, Amata, Stephen Kelly Gallery, Neleh Artistic Expressions (Lake Meadows Art Fair), Metropolitan Club, MG Gallery, Gallery D’Estee, South Shore Cultural Center, Lotus and Sagittarius III: Third Floor Studios, Rediscovered Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and McDonald’s Corporation (Oakbrook, IL).
My recent works are primarily abstract acrylics on canvas, paper, wood and glass. Based on geometry and a systematic use of color, my current works are a departure from the more primitive and cubist-influenced style that remains prominent in my earlier works in pastel on paper.