Naples, Florida (January 2020) - Rock Star. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. Six-time Grammy Winner. Fine Artist. Philanthropist. These are just a few ways to describe Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who has embarked on a North American fine art tour for 2020. Road Company presents: In collaboration with SceneFour: The Art of Chad Smith. The second stop on the tour has just been announced in Naples, Florida.
Smith premiered the show in Austin, Texas January 11th, 2020 to extraordinary success: thousands of people in attendance and a level of excitement that captured the city. Smith has chosen South Florida and Naples based on the region’s history of supporting music and the arts.
The Art of Chad Smith opens at the Mercato in Naples beginning Thursday February 6th 2020 and extends through Sunday, February 9th 2020. The iconic drummer will be making two live, in-person meet-the-artist appearances at the Naples gallery: Saturday, February 8th from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, February 9th from Noon – 3 p.m. All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition. The exhibition as well as the Chad Smith appearance are complimentary and open to the public, RSVPs are required at 866.900.6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; however, a minimum purchase is required to spend time with the Artist.
The synergy and work ethic that marks Smith’s musical life organically led to his painting, and in early 2016 Smith entered the art world with Parallax, his first collection of rhythm driven prints. Fast forward to 2019, and the Artists’ premiere of an extraordinary new collection of artwork which will tour the United States in venerable galleries and venues, often following the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert tour and allowing for Artist Appearances in which the Artist will have the opportunity to meet his Collectors.
This new collaboration with Road Show Company, the industry-leader in traveling fine art exhibition, is yet another creative outlet for Smith, and one in which he is rapidly becoming renowned, respected, and critically acclaimed.
Each hand-embellished work is crafted from rhythm. As a painter uses brushes with oils of different colors, Chad Smith works with drumsticks to capture light in a variety of ways; crafting rhythms that translate to very unique artwork.
Another feature of this exhibition will be a collection of Original Mixed Media on Drums; works created by printing one of Chad’s art images on a drum skin. It is then embellished and signed by Smith.
All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a series of traveling exhibitions. The extraordinary Collection houses 80 of Chad’s works and will present in several major US cities throughout 2020. The Artist will be in-gallery for a series of Artist Appearances.
CHAD SMITH IN GALLERY APPEARANCES
Saturday, February 8th , 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Sunday, February 9th , 2020 from Noon to 3:00 pm
THE ART OF CHAD SMITH GALLERY POP UP
THE MERCATO NAPLES, FLORIDA
9115 Strada Place Space #5155
Naples, Florida 34108
RSVP REQUIRED: 866.900.6699 Admission is Complimentary Minimum Purchase Required to Spend Time with Artist
About the Artist:
Chadwick Gaylord Smith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a 25-year-member of groundbreaking, hit-making Red Hot Chili Peppers. An award-winning, multi-faceted drummer, Guinness World Record holder, six-time Grammy Winner, advocate for music in public schools, session musician, artist, serial philanthropist and proud father of six, Chad Smith’s life is an epic journey that’s always moving.
In 2014 Smith received a presidential appointment by President Obama as a Turnaround Artist for public schools due to his work as a passionate advocate for music and arts education.
Clearly, Chad’s own public-school success story, generous time and inspiring life paved the way for his 2014 appointment as a Turnaround Artist under the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. “I really want kids to pick up instruments so they can see how fun it is to play,” he relates. “It’s important to have technical proficiency—in anything, there’s practice and hard work, no shortcuts—but if you love it, you’re gonna wanna do it. I want them to see that after all these 40-ish years, I still love it, that’s why I still do it. It’s fun. It has taken me everywhere—and beyond.”
He’s also devotes energy to non-profit organizations including, MusicCares, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, (Paul Newman)’s Serious Fun Network, and Children’s Hospitals.
Upon reflecting on his life, Smith can hardly believe his good fortune. “I work with people who want to grow; the Chili Peppers are open to new directions and as an artist, it’s the best creative situation to be in. It’s simple: I love what I’m doing and I’m really lucky. I got pretty good at the music thing,” he says humbly. “I play gigs in little bars and big stadiums, and every one is rewarding.”
Director of Emerging Media