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Biography - Barbara Smith Paintings

Barbara Smith



Irish-French artist Barbara Smith studied at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, which has helped to nurture many great talents including The Young British Artists. She also trained at Estudio Mariscal in Barcelona with Javier Mariscal, who is also one of today’s most innovative and original multidisciplinary artist-designers.

She currently lives and works in Brittany, France.

Themes & Techniques

Barbara Smith’s work includes painting, sculpture, screenprints and photography, exploring different techniques such as drip-painting, text painting and also glitter. She values the process itself just as highly as the result. Visual references to popular culture, art history, comics, music are included in her work, frequently characterised by a distinctive and recurrent theme of the beauty of existence and its fragility, life, death and hope.

Interior Design

Barbara Smith works with interior designers in the UK and France. She is spotted by one of today’s leading interior designers Abigail Ahern, who integrates her paintings into her London show home. Smith works with award-winning interior designers including Camilla Bellord Interiors in the UK. Her paintings are also featured in french brand Bed and Philosophy‘s showroom.


Barbara Smith loves to collaborate with brands ans has worked on a chocolate design with brand UNEL founded by culinary designer Philippe Picquette which lead to on exhibition at “Taste of Paris” at Le Grand Palais.

Artistic collaborations also include renowned music composer Robin Foster, fashion photographer Christian Geisselmann (Cartier, Louis Vuitton…) and Marion Volant.

Museum & Schools

She develops projects with museums of France and schools resulting in exhibitions and books, which aim to valorise children’s artwork.



“POP UP GALLERY” Art du Notic, Camaret-sur-mer, France
“MARTEAUX, CLOUS & CO” (direction artistique) Écomusée Industriel des Forges, Inzinzac-Lochrist, France
“EXPO SOLO” Ma Première Galerie, Quimper, France
“LUNETTES & PAILLETTES”, Le point de vue d’Alice, Quimper, France


“du potAgeR à l’AssieTte” (direction artistique) Musée de l’École Rurale de Trégarvan, France
“POP PRESENCE” Cindy Lisica Gallery Houston Texas, USA
“ART ON PAPER” Cindy Lisica Gallery, New York, USA


“OVERTIME” Cindy Lisica Gallery Houston Texas, USA
“TEA ARTY” Les Filles de Tartempion, Brest, France
“EXO + ENDO SKELETON”, Fashion Week, Brest, France
“Pensinsul’ART”, Büsum, Germany


“AQUA ART MIAMI” during Art Basel, Miami, USA
“TASTE OF PARIS” Le Grand Palais, Paris, France
“SUPERHEROES” Ma Première Galerie, Quimper, France
RIVE GAUCHE, Brest, France
ROCHE BOBOIS, Brest, France


“THE ENDURING SKULL” Revision Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
“LIFE, DEATH & HOPE”, Ma Première Galerie, Quimper, France
“Peninsul’ART” St Ives, Cornwall, UK
“ART LOVES YOU” Paris, France


“Peninsul’ART”, Camaret-sur-mer, France
“POP UP” Le Prieuré de Locmaria, Quimper, France
BINZ MARKET, Brest, France