Pamela Smilow

Pamela Smilow

New York, NY, United States

About Pamela Smilow

Smilow believes that now, more than ever, people have felt the need to notice joy in their lives.
Smilow, a well-known contemporary artist based in New York City, was immersed in an environment oriented towards art and artistic principles. Her father was Mel Smilow, a mid-twentieth-century furniture designer whose award winning and critically reviewed designs focused on clean lines and beautiful proportions. Growing up in the only fully realized Frank Lloyd Wright community in the U.S., in an environment that was all about the integration of home, furnishings and art, Smilow brings her keen intuition when helping an art collector choose one of her paintings.
Smilow works with a variety of mediums to produce works on paper, collage, and large scale acrylic paintings. Her work is characterized by a vibrant color palette and certain motifs that regularly appear. Typically, Smilow will choose a color family to work with on a given painting, such as a group of analogous pinks, reds and oranges, which will be offset by an underpainting consisting of many layers of complementary colors which add depth and dimension to the surface. Smilow uses recurring images such as houses, dresses, tall trees, circles and birds to convey meaning and emotion to the viewer; the techniques of collage and sewing that are used to adhere these elements to the painting add texture.
Smilow established a unique tradition of visiting collectors in their homes, so that they could connect people directly with the art they would be living with. Smilow continues this personal approach to placing her paintings, stating that a home “feels like a home when the art fits.”
In the words of SF Bay Area designer Deborah Lewis Gadbois, Piedmont-based decorator Deborah Gadbois on Smilow:“Her art work is vibrant, friendly, and approachable. Her sophisticated yet playful use of layered color, texture, and iconic imagery arouse memories of childhood, favorite places, and positive emotions. It is all so familiar and recognizable; it just feels good to be in live with and be in front of her art."


B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France


2019 Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark; Henri Heerup Museum, Rødovre, Denmark; The Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, NY

2017 Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland, OR;

2016 Galeria Krabbe, Malaga, Spain; Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, IA; Paper Jam, Berkeley, CA; The Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York; Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark; Valley Variety, Hudson, NY; Private Exhibitions: Austin, TX; Houston, TX

2015 Washington Park Picnic Tables Comission, New York, NY;

2014 Private Exhibitions: Houston, TX; Berkeley, CA; Marin County, CA; Burlingame, CA; Philadelphia, CA; New York, NY

2013 Private Exhibitions: New York, NY; Woodside, CA; Menlo Park, CA; Westport, CT, Los Gatos, CA; Corte Madera, CA; Westport, CT; Upper Saddle River, NJ;

2012 Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark; Private Exhibitions: Burlingame, CA; New York, NY; Los Gatos, CA; Atherton, CA; Piedmont, CA; Ridgewood, NJ

2011 The Gardener Berkeley, California; Redbird Gallery Berkeley, California; Installation Urban Bistro Restaurant Burlingame, California; Rasmus Gallery, Odense, Denmark; Private Exhibitions: Lafayette, CA; Corte Madera, CA;

2010 Redbird Gallery Berkeley, California; Private Exhibitions: New York, NY; Oakland, CA

2009 Installation 36 Domingo Berkeley, California

2007 Oculus Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Charles Michael Gallery, Darien, CT

2006 SF MOMA 2006 Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA; Espace Artum, Grimaud (San Tropez), France

2005 Limerock General Store Gallery, Limerock, CT; Style and Form, San Jose, California

2004 Art makers 12 Anniversary Show, The Schoolhouse Galleries, Croton Falls, New York

2003 Espace Artum, Grimaud (San Tropez), France; Ajuntament de Barcelona, Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain;

Maison de Espagne, Aix-en-Provence, France; The Claremont Hotel and Spa, Berkeley, California

2002 Adam Whitney Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska; Gallery Untitled, Sedgewick, Maine; Schoolhouse Galleries, Croton Falls, NY

2001 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA; Walnut Street Gallery, Springfield, Missouri; Chicago Art Source, Chicago, Illinois

1999 Greene & Proppe Architectural Design Firm, Chicago, Illinois; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1998 Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Schoolhouse Galleries, Croton Falls, NY

1997 Adam Whitney Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

1995 Paleo Galerie, Koln, Germany; Village Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1994 Queensborough Community College, New York; Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1993 Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Connecticut; Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1992 Silvermine Guild “Art of the Northeast “ Juried Show, Silvermine, CT; Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

1992 Somerstown Gallery, Somers, NY

1991 Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Kass Meridian Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Santa Fe

1990 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Palm Springs, CA; Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA;

SW Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

1989 Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, California; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; The Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY; Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona; PMW Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut

1987 Imagination Market Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Michael Dunev Gallery, “Three from New York”, San Francisco, CA

1985 Mediterranean Biennale, Barcelona, Spain; Institute of Ilerdenc Studies, Lleida, Spain

1984 Galerie Seny, Barcelona, Spain; Key Gallery, New York

1983 United States Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain; Asturias Art Museum, Asturias, Spain; North American Institute, Barcelona, Spain