Photo by Jim Escalante

Ep.172 features Leslie Smith. He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. | He was a 2022 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellow and earned a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA at the Yale School of Art. | Smith’s interests lie in our conscious effort to alter personal perception. | Recent works explore Abstraction’s inherent personal and political properties as they relate to broadening notions of Black representation, with a mindset that it’s possible to present a new interpretation of contemporary abstraction.

His work can be found in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; the Birmingham Museum of Art; the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham; and the FRAC Auvergne, France. Smith is a Full Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Chart Gallery

Joan Mitchell 2022

Joan Mitchell 2023

University Wisconsin–Madison

Two Coats of Paint

Maus Contemporary

Art Daily–Reaching-for-Something-High–solo-exhibition-opening-at-CHART-

Art New City

M+B Photo



Black Horseman, 2021
oil on shaped canvas
77 x 120 inches (195.6 x 304.8 cm)

Reaching for Something High, 2022
oil on shaped canvas
96 x 80 inches (243.8 x 203.2 cm)

Onward and Upward, 2021
oil on shaped canvas
73 x 94 inches (185.4 x 238.8 cm)

Cosmic Feud, 2023
oil on shaped canvas
75 x 59 inches (190.5 x 149.9 cm)