BIOGRAPHY


BORN 1987 IN BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND. BASED IN NEW YORK CITY. 


Jonathan David Smyth is an artist working with photography, performance, moving image, sculpture, and installation.  His work has been exhibited at various galleries, museums, venues, and festivals in the United States and abroad, including Free Range (London, UK), PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), Auckland Festival of Photography (New Zealand), Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (Xiamen, China), LAST Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Photoville (Brooklyn, NY), Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, WA), The Ulster Museum (Belfast, UK), and Metro Pictures Gallery (New York City).  Smyth’s work is held in private and public collections, and has been featured in numerous print and online publications including, Aint-Bad magazine, Float Photo magazine, Musée magazine, and Fagazine UK.  He has been a featured guest on The Arts Show on BBC Radio Ulster, and on the long-running Brooklyn-based podcast MikeyPod.

Smyth received a BA with Honours in photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University in 2010, and an MFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2014.  His debut monograph titled Just One More was published by bd-studios.com (New York City) in October 2017.  He has given various presentations and talks as a Visiting Artist and as an Instructor in New York City at The New School, The International Center of Photography, The School of Visual Arts, The New York Public Library, and at Belfast Metropolitan College in Northern Ireland, and Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle.  His second book titled Between You and Me is expected in 2021.

Jonathan can be reached at info@jonathandavidsmyth.com

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ARTIST STATEMENT


I’VE SPENT YEARS OBSESSIVELY WRITING, RECORDING, AND DOCUMENTING MY LIFE.


As an adopted child in Northern Ireland, I was only too aware of the differences between my family and my friends at school.  For years, I wasn’t allowed to talk about my adoption, and it made me feel angry and ashamed.  I came out as gay at fourteen.  I moved out of my parents’ house at sixteen.  I then began to be honest through photography in the hope that other people might relate to my story, too.  I am no longer ashamed, but I use the memory of feeling inadequate and out-of-place as a starting point for my artwork.

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