Founded in 1990 with an emphasis on artists living in Houston and the region, Inman Gallery has since cultivated an internationally recognized program that represents contemporary artists from the region, nationally, and abroad. The gallery takes an active approach in supporting artists from the early stages of their careers into national and international recognition; the gallery is equally active in its local community. Education, community engagement, and a long-term commitment to artists form the core of the gallery’s mission. Artists represented by Inman Gallery have participated in exhibitions at major institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Centre...

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Cary Smith (b. 1955, Puerto Rico) makes hard-edge, abstract paintings that find their individual character from highly intuitive color interactions, a personal vocabulary of recurring motifs, and hand-painted precision. The artist has said his practice exists within the duality of logic and intuition, and cites Mondrian, Diebenkorn, antique American board games, Shaker baskets, Brancusi and Myron Stout among his influences. Of Mondrian in particular he has said, “Mondrian has poise, and there’s something elegant about the paintings, but they also have logic. Mondrian only uses black, white, blue, red, and yellow—logical—but the structures of his compositions are always intuitive.” Smith works with the inverse strategy: logical compositions and intuitive color. In Smith’s art, the two poles of logic and intuition are descriptive of the human condition, and he aims for the viewer to see the logic but to sense the human and the hand behind the making of the works. Smith states that, like the paintings, we all exist between states of freedom and self-conscious.


In his debut Inman Gallery exhibition, Like Ripples on a Blank Shore, Smith makes a leap forward as a compositional strategy he terms ‘infiltration’ comes into focus. Existing motifs are complicated as new elements mingle and disrupt the paintings’ uniformity. A painting that was previously a grid of 16 colors on a blue ground is infiltrated by a yellow circle ringed in blue; another is infiltrated by a small ‘splat’—a motif that itself has been the subject of standalone canvases; and perhaps most radically, in another painting, a full quadrant of the composition is replaced with an entirely different motif.

  • Cary Smith, Hudder Bloing, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Hudder Bloing, 2019
    oil on linen
    8 x 8 inches
    SOLD
  • Cary Smith, Shape #2 (black-white), 2019
    Cary Smith
    Shape #2 (black-white), 2019
    oil on linen
    10 x 8 inches
    $ 3,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Stripes #3 (with 4 color border), 2019
    Cary Smith
    Stripes #3 (with 4 color border), 2019
    oil on linen
    10 x 10 inches
    $ 3,800.00
  • Cary Smith, Shape #7 (yellow with blue-red border), 2019
    Cary Smith
    Shape #7 (yellow with blue-red border), 2019
    oil on linen
    12 x 12 inches
    $ 4,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Straight Lines #22 (red-blue with black-yellow border), 2019
    Cary Smith
    Straight Lines #22 (red-blue with black-yellow border), 2019
    oil on linen
    12 x 15 inches
    $ 5,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Farstish Trinka, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Farstish Trinka, 2019
    oil on linen
    12 x 15 inches
    $ 5,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Treid Bayston, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Treid Bayston, 2019
    oil on linen
    15 x 12 inches
    $ 5,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Ovals #19 (black-red-yellow), 2019
    Cary Smith
    Ovals #19 (black-red-yellow), 2019
    oil on linen
    15 x 12 inches
    $ 5,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Promwolst Ming, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Promwolst Ming, 2019
    oil on linen
    15 x 15 inches
    $ 5,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Flay Boyin, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Flay Boyin, 2019
    oil on linen
    15 x 15 inches
    $ 5,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Doiner Tome, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Doiner Tome, 2019
    oil on linen
    25 x 20 inches
    $ 8,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Boit Nolin, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Boit Nolin, 2019
    oil on linen
    25 x 20 inches
    $ 8,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Troyl Prasdis, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Troyl Prasdis, 2019
    oil on linen
    25 x 20 inches
    $ 8,500.00
  • Cary Smith, Bloy Uster, 2020
    Cary Smith
    Bloy Uster, 2020
    oil on linen
    30 x 24 inches
    $ 10,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Hudder Bloing, 2020
    Cary Smith
    Hudder Bloing, 2020
    oil on linen
    48 x 48 inches
    $ 18,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Promwolst Oncher, 2020
    Cary Smith
    Promwolst Oncher, 2020
    oil on linen
    55 x 48 inches
    $ 20,000.00
  • Cary Smith, Scood Toin, 2019
    Cary Smith
    Scood Toin, 2019
    oil on linen
    55 x 48 inches
    $ 20,000.00