Jean Smith
Vancouver, BC


Artist’s Statement

Jean Smith is a painter, a novelist and the singer in Mecca Normal, an underground rock duo frequently referred to as an inspiration to the 1990s social movement known as Riot Grrrl. A two-time recipient of Canada Council for the Arts awards as a professional author of creative fiction, Jean is currently working on a series of paintings based on her recently-completed novel "The Black Dot Museum of Political Art" in which narcissist Martin Lewis alters his traditional landscape paintings to impress a young political activist who is vehemently opposing coal mining in an environmentally sensitive region. 

  • Jean Smith named one of Top Ten People Who Matter by Evelyn McDonnell, San Francisco Weekly
  • Mecca Normal featured in Rolling Stone as "a band to watch" along with Radiohead and Liz Phair
  • Called "one of Canada’s best-kept secrets in the arts" by the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper 
  • Mecca Normal referred to as “a two-person guerrilla campaign against apathy" by Melody Maker, UK 

Attached: "No Coal" by Jean Smith (24 x 24" acrylic on canvas)

While painting her "No Coal" series at The Fountainhead Residency, Jean has been posting photographs of completed work on her FaceBook page where Massachusetts gallery director Debbie Nadolney spotted them. The work will be exhibited at AMP in Provincetown during its regular season, sometime between May and October of 2014. In the meantime, several paintings from the series will be in the gallery over the summer.     

Artist’s Links

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Video: Jean Smith painting

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