TROY SMITH BIO

 Troy Smith is a Canadian award-winning designer, sculpture and painter whose extraordinary art has garnered international attention. From notable galleries, private collectors, interior designers, architects and individuals who covet and curate innovative contemporary art.  

Smith epitomizes the definition of a modern-day Renaissance man, expressing his passion for all things beautiful. He travels extensively to the foremost international design and fashion capitals, regularly visits world-famous museums, galleries and architectural landmarks to explore and experience emerging trends of iconic creations in art and design. These influences are a constant source of inspiration and apparent in Smith’s Rebar Collection and his other unique collections and sizeable abstract expressionist paintings. 

Troy’s art is a rare and remarkable fusion of enduring materials, some of which date back to the fifteenth century, such as patterned rebar. His original one-of-kind and limited edition pieces imaginatively integrate inspired elements such as marble, stone, precious metals, exotic woods, artisan glass, textiles, resins and luxurious leathers in unexpected ways. 

Troy’s passion for all things beautiful ensures each piece is a work of art and embodies extraordinary inspiration, meticulous craftsmanship and outstanding beauty. Smith’s works are born from creativity, exhaustive research, planning and often mind-bending engineering techniques. He is intimately involved with a hands-on approach throughout the evolution of each piece to achieve the realization of his vision.

 

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Smith’s creativity has given new meaning, expression and functionality to rebar and other materials through his diverse design forms, structure, and detail. Using furniture as a medium to express his creativity, Smith’s eclectic collection of works embodies meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional beauty. 

In his signature Rebar collection, rebar is heated with torches and red-hot furnaces,  skillfully sculpted with pneumatic machines, then powder coated or electroplated. During assemblage, the rebar is integrated with other high-end design elements, such as marble,  exotic woods, metals, upholstery and custom-formed glass, ensuring the integrity and interpretation of the original design. Troy is intimately involved and hands-on throughout the evolution of each piece to achieve the realization of his vision.

Smith is continuously experimenting with new design concepts, materials, techniques and structures, in his pursuit to create unique and sublime art forms. His original works of art are a rare and remarkable fusion of enduring and evocative materials by imaginatively integrating elements such as textured rebar, art glass, luxe upholstery and rare semi-precious stones in unexpected ways. Innovated with an incredible light-shifting glass and created many unique works that exhibit humour with contemporary form. 

Troy’s creative process begins with hand-drawn conceptual sketches, which are transferred to graph paper, then CAD and then rendered in 3D to refine form, material,  function and the intricacies of each design. Once transformed into professional shop drawings, the fabrication process commences. Troy uses artisan craftsmanship and timeless materials to develop proportion, scale and finish in an original design language. 

Each piece Troy creates fulfills his mantra that, “You can’t just create art, you must give  life.” It is why his art has been featured in international design shows, prestigious exhibitions and prominent design magazines. 

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troy@troysmithstudio.com