Ty Smith is an extraordinarily important and leading figure in Alabama’s arts community. His work exemplifies perfectly the philosophical and aesthetic directions contemporary painting is currently shifting towards. Smith’s approach to the canvas is congruent with that of the Color Field and Minimalist art movements of the post-war painting era and his methodical process is loaded with tradition and experimentation.
Ty Smith is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While working on his undergraduate degree, Smith studied with Professor Alvin C. Sella. In 2006, Smith moved to Oklahoma where he received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa in 2009. In Tulsa, he studied with painter Mark Lewis, as well as artists Deborah Kahn and Stanley Lewis, during a summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art. Smith currently resides and works in Birmingham, Alabama, teaching as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University.