Mark Liam Smith (b. 1973, Middlesbrough, England) developed an interest in art at an early age and spent much of his childhood drawing obsessively. After completing three bachelor degrees—Fine Arts (Painting), Science (Physiology), and Arts (Linguistics)—at the University of Saskatchewan, he moved to Paris to continue studying art in some of the world’s greatest museums. After some time, he returned to Canada to pursue a Ph.D. in Linguistics at McGill University. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Ottawa, where he worked on behalf of the Canadian Department of Defence for several years before returning to his first love: painting. 

Since moving to Toronto in early 2015, Mark has exhibited in Toronto, London, New York, including at the SCOPE Basel art fair in Switzerland, Art Seattle, and Papier Art Fair in Montreal. He has been granted the Emerging Artist Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists and two Ontario Arts Council grants. His work has been featured by the Toronto Star, the CBC, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom, Create! Magazine, and Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine, among others.

Mark is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal and Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon.

Mark currently lives in and works out of Toronto, Canada.

Mark is a grateful recipient of the Emerging Visual Artist grant  and the Exhibition Assistance grant by the Ontario Arts Council.

All images copyright Mark Smith. All rights reserved. 

Photo credit: Monique Weindels

Photo credit: Monique Weindels