Samuel Kjell Smith was born and raised in Port Coquitlam, an adopted son in a family of 7. While performing various odd jobs in his younger life, Samuel realized his passion for art. After only a few months of art classes, the rest of Samuel’s talent is entirely self-taught. Where did that eye for detail come from? Perhaps some people are just born with it!
The unexpected reunion of Samuel with his biological father in 1996 brought about a love for jazz and musical instruments. Not only a talented visual artist, Samuel also plays the saxophone, flute and guitar. He has even produced 3 fabulous meditative flute albums.
Samuel Kjell Smith has spent most of his adult life in Vancouver, with 7 interesting years spent in Montreal. This fusion can be distinctly seen in his art, largely consisting of old Vancouver scenes, beach scenes, and lovely neighbourhoods in Montreal.
With now a secure gallery and studio space at Pacific Arts Market, Samuel is able to finally explore yet another passion, that of conspiracies and alleged ‘cover-ups’, even developing a new form of artwork. His current Conspiracy-Art project is something to be seen and definitely discussed.
Where will these intricate passions lead? Time will tell!
Which ‘hood are you in?
My hood is South Granville- Pacific Arts Market 1450/1448 West Broadway
What do you do?
I am a visual artist who works in oil, acrylic and collage. I do realism, portraiture, impressionism and conceptual art. I began my art career as a hyper-realistic miniature artist who painted spiritual and religious images such as Eastern Orthodox iconography and various Saints. Also, I am a musician who plays Zen flute music and saxophone and presently am learning the guitar, and on top of that, I write poetry and short stories from time to time.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on a series of Conspiracy Artwork (conversational pieces)- which are conceptual- and tells the stories of various conspiracies and mysteries such as the moon landing. Also, I am using palette knives on a large floral piece which will be very thick with oil paint and texture, which I love.
Musically. I am composing a new Zen flute record which will be out this year.
Where can we find your work?
And in-person painting in my studio at Pacific Arts Market 1450 West Broadway.