The Lights Next Door by Dennis Smith


From the porch, viewed through a tangle of snow covered branches is a house hung with red Christmas lights that shine in the evening dusk. Warm, golden light shines through the windows of the house adding to the jovial element of the work. The cool colour palette is limited but vibrant. Smith's brushstrokes exhibit a fluidity of motion throughout the piece, providing a sense of lightness and freedom. It is through this relationship of shape and color that Smith makes his composition spring to life. The work is signed "Dennis Smith '17" in the bottom right corner. Measures: 12 x 16 in., and framed: 19 x 23 in.

Dennis Smith was born in Salt Lake City in 1942, and raised in Alpine, Utah. His studied at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1966, before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy at Copenhagen in 1967. Upon his return to Utah in 1968, Smith established an art studio in his father's old chicken-coop. From 1968 to the present, Dennis Smith has been a self-employed sculptor and a part-time instructor in the Art Department of Brigham Young University. Respect and reverence for the American family, from Pioneer days to the present, pervade the themes of Dennis Smith’s sculpture. While his sculptural work has garnered recognition, his paintings have also put him on an national platform.