Project: Our Lady of Guadalupe Painting
A re-presentation of Our Lady of Guadalupe; faithful to the message and spirit of the original mystical image; with contemporary relevance and renewed visual presence – simultaneously familiar and strikingly new.
Acrylic medium on linen; size equivalent to original tilma; original, hand-made frame.
“I have long been mystified by the supernatural origins of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is truly a miraculous image with amazing power of conversion. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, while walking into Mass, I was inspired with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was …striking. This image brought Our Lady into more of a spacial, dimensional, realism – coming forward from the rest of the canvas – also incorporating silver leaf to enhance the light effects suggested in the original. With the hope and intention of strengthening devotion to our Patroness, this painting will be faithfully based on the tilma, yet will re-invent, more than duplicate, the visual elements, in what will be a dramatic presentation – as if seeing a friend in person after a long absence.”
– Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith / SMITH CATHOLIC ART
Painting and sculpting in a range of media and styles since ’93, Smith spent the past two decades exploring multiple subjects and influences, from iconography, impressionism, and realism to modern, graphic, and street art. A Catholic artist and contemporary figurative painter, he now combines diverse elements and styles in fresh, evocative compositions. His glazed, lifelike figures float in spacial fields of contrasting pattern, design, and painterly elements. Cameron Smith’s Catholic artwork adorns churches and shrines across the US, and has been used internationally by missionary and Catholic media organizations. In addition to painting and sculpting, Smith writes about beauty and art, and is currently creating an online academy of painting. He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and five children.