Lucien Smith

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Lucien Smith
Untitled (Tulip 08), 2018. Oil on linen. 8 1/2h x 8 1/2w inches
Born1989 (age 29–30)
NationalityUnited States
EducationCooper Union School of Art
Known forPainting
Patron(s)Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Jose Mugrabi

Lucien Smith (born 1989, Los Angeles) is an American painter based in New York.[1] Forbes featured Smith twice in its 2013 and 2014 list of 30 under 30 in the category "Art & Style".[2] The New York Times named him the "art world Wunderkind".[3]


Smith graduated with a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2011.[4]

Art market[edit]

Artsy estimated in 2014 that Smith generated a total of $3.7 million at auction that year.[5]

Smith is associated with other young painters such Oscar Murillo and Jacob Kassay whose work has appreciated rapidly and are favored by collectors for investment-ready fare.[6] A work from Smith's 2011 Cooper Union graduate show was resold in November 2013 for $389,000.[6] In February 2014, his work Two Sides of the Same Coin sold for £224,500 at a Sotheby's auction in London.[7] Lucien Smith is represented by Moran Bondaroff in Los Angeles, California.


Tulip Paintings[edit]

In 2018, Smith's newfangled body of work alludes to the Dutch tulip craze in the 17th century. More precisely, the Netherlands which experienced a major financial bubble in 1637.[8]

Camo Paintings[edit]

In 2014, Smith produced Tigris, a show of 11 camouflage-patterned abstract paintings.[6] The exhibit was described as "undistinguished" and "a shrewd career move".[6]

Rain Paintings[edit]

In 2011, Smith executed a suite of abstractions he calls Rain Paintings, which he creates by spraying fire extinguishers filled with paint.[9]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Tulips!, The Fireplace Project, Amagansett, New York, 2018
  • "Friends", Empty Gallery, New York, 2018
  • Cosmas & Damian, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Ship of Fools, Appointment Only, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Allergic to Morning, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, 2016
  • Vicious Cycles, Surf Lodge, Montauk, 2016
  • Tigris, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, 2014
  • Nature is my Church, Salon 94, New York, 2013
  • Scrap Metal, Bill Brady / KC, Kansas City, 2013
  • A Clean Sweep, Suzanne Geiss, Co., New York, 2013
  • Good Vibrations, Half Gallery, New York, 2012
  • Seven Rain Paintings, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, 2012
  • Needle in the Hay and Cripple Creek, Ritter-Zamet, London, 2011
  • Imagined Nostalgia, Cooper Union, New York, 2011.

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • MIDTOWN, curated by Jeanne Greenberg and Michele Maccarone, Lever House, New York, 2017
  • Intimate Paintings, Half Gallery, New York, 2015
  • Matters of Pattern, Skarstedt, New York, 2015
  • Prospect New Orleans, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2014
  • Next, Arsenal, Montréal, Canada, 2014
  • ANAMERICANA, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, American Academy in Rome, Rome, 2013
  • The Writing is on the Wall, Jonathan Viner, London, 2013
  • Sunsets and Pussy, with Ed Ruscha, Betty Tompkins and Piotr Uklanksi, Marianne Boesky, New York, 2013
  • Merci Mercy, curated by Christine Messineo, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 2013
  • Beyond the Object, Brand New Gallery, Milan, 2013
  • It Ain’t Fair 2012, OHWOW Gallery, Miami Beach, 2012
  • Homebody, The Stillhouse Group, Brooklyn, 2011
  • It Ain’t Fair: Materialism, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, 2011
  • Objects that Love You Back, curated by Grear Patterson, Stillhouse, New York, 2010
  • It Ain’t Fair 2010, OHWOW Gallery, Miami, 2010
  • New Deal, curated by Kyle Thurman and Matt Moravec, Art Production Fund Gallery, New York, 2009
  • May Flowers, curated by Scott Keightley, New York, 2009
  • I want a little sugar in my bowl, curated by Terence Koh, ASS Gallery, New York, 2009
  • Stillhouse, Seven Eleven Gallery, New York, 2009.


  1. ^ "The New Deal: Just What the Art Market Needed - Page". Interview. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  2. ^ "30 Under 30 - Art & Style". Forbes. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
    - Adams, Susan. "30 Under 30: The Best Of Art And Style". Forbes. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ Mark Guiducci (19 May 2014). "Can Anything Stop Art-World Wunderkind Lucien Smith?". Vogue. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
    - Baumgardner, Julie (7 May 2013). "A Wunderkind Artist Summons a Barely Bygone New York". New York Time Tmagazine. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Showing: Lucien Smith – "Cripple Creek" @ Ritter / Zamet (London)". Arrested Motion. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Lucien Smith - 64 Artworks, Bio & Shows". Artsy. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "At UES Show, Lucien Smith Leads the Charge of the Opportunist Brigade". Village Voice. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Lot 1 12 February 2014". Sotheby's. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014.
    - Carol Vogel (13 February 2014). "London Auction Houses See High Prices for Contemporary Art". New York Times. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014.
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  9. ^ Bollen, Christopher (12 December 2013). "Lucien Smith". Interview.

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