“A Day in the Life” with visual artist, Samuel Kjell Smith

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!

On my way to Pacific Arts Market to make some art.
Samuel Kjell Smith
But first stop by Zulu Records to see what I can find.
Here’s the South Granville construction zone.
Travelling down the narrow sidewalk.
Samuel Kjell Smith
That’s my bike at the Market’s rear entrance.
Putting on a record.
Looking out the front window.
Samuel Kjell Smith
Here I am getting close to solving the moon landing mystery.

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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?

You can find my work on Instagram, music on Youtube and short stories on Tik Tok.

And in-person painting in my studio at Pacific Arts Market 1450 West Broadway.