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S. Carlyle Smith (scarlyle)

S. Carlyle Smith (scarlyle)

I’m fascinated with the 1930-1950's. The period was rich in design. I use old black and white vintage snapshots of candid common events. None of my images are of re-enacted events; all actually happened. They are common settings, just uncommon that the photos survived. We still live much the way they did back then. Most of the situations in these scenes are universal, timeless and cross-cultural. As much as the world has changed. Relationships and love are timeless. This period is when America was more respected internationally. These images evoke a nostalgic feeling, although my paintings have a contemporary relevance and color palette. I chose images that reflect something I am experiencing. Coincidently a few photos taken of women before I was born resemble present day muses of mine. Muses bring about an emotion that energize my paintings. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad. Nonetheless a passion that imparts a magic that surpasses the conscious.


Born in 1955 and raised in Utah then moved to Montana in 1978. Carlyle is a full-time artist having accumulated hundreds of collectors over 40 years. He has never met most of them, as they were purchased in over 27 galleries across the country, including New York’s SOHO district for 6 years and Palm Desert for 12. He very much appreciates getting to know collectors that do contact him. Joe diGenova was one such collector that did call Carlyle to say he was a collector who with his wife Victoria Toensing had four paintings, one in each of their four homes. Primarily self-taught but has studied under Freeman Butts, Carolyn Anderson, and Thomas English. He learned much from his mentors Arlene Hooker Fay, David Katz, W. Steve Seltzer, Tom Gilleon, Ron Ukrainetz, Mimi Grant, Joe Halko, and Ron Deloney. His work has been featured three times in U.S.Art Magazine including one “Editor’s Choice”. Twice in Southwest Art Magazine including "Artist to Watch", American Art Collector Magazine, and in Classic Style Magazine. His works are in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. Represented by; Samarah Fine Art, Whitefish, Montana, Historic Hotel Arvon Gallery, Great Falls, Montana, and Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming


2017-2021 Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, Washington

2017-2021 Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming

2015-2021 Historic Hotel Arvon Gallery, Great Falls, Montana

2016 Radius Gallery, Missoula, Montana

2015-2016 Split Rock Gallery, St. George, Utah

2015-2020 Gallery Sixteen, Great Falls, Montana

2015 Portal Gallery, Great Falls, Montana

2014-2016 A gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2014-2015 Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, Utah

2007-2008 Visions West Galleries, Denver, Colorado

2007 Rogoway’s Gallery, Tubac, Arizona

2007-2008 Matre Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2006-2007 Artists Gallerie, Cannon Beach, Oregon

2006-2015 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2006-2010 Tansey Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2005-2009 Attic Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2005 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

2005-2014 A Hooker's Gallery, Great Falls, Montana

2005 Dill & Spowze, Ketchum (Sun Valley), Idaho

2005-2007 Visions West, Bozeman, Montana

2005-2007 Visions West, Livingston, Montana

2004-2020 Samarah Fine Art, Whitefish, Montana

2004-2005 Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003-2005 A & C Fine Art, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

2003-2009 C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana

2002-2009 Coda Gallery, (SOHO) New York, New York

2002-2014 Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, California

2002-2015 Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana

2002 Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, Montana

2001-2004 Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah

2001-03 Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001 Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

1999-02 Yellowstone Art Museum

1990-92, 2003-2007,2013,2015-2021 Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art


Dec 20, 2017 Yakima Herald-Republic

2016 vol.12 iss.2 Treasure State Lifestyles Montana

January 2, 2015 Great Falls Tribune

2013 August American Art Collector Magazine

2007 May Southwest Art magazine

February 3, 2006 Great Falls Tribune

July 1, 2004 Great Falls Tribune

May 14, 2004 Great Falls Tribune

September 15, 2003 Great Falls Tribune

2003 March Southwest Art magazine

March 03, 2003 Great Falls Tribune

March 2003 Lively Times Montana’s Arts Monthly

2002 May U.S.ART Magazine

March 15, 2002 Great Falls Tribune

March 12, 2002 Great Falls Tribune

October 26, 2001 Great Falls Tribune
March 20, 2001 Great Falls Tribune
2000 September U.S.ART Magazine
September 27, 2000 Great Falls Tribune
2000 January U.S.ART Magazine
December 17, 1999 Great Falls Tribune

May 23, 1999 Great Falls Tribune

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Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on May 09, 2013 10:46:

Hi Carlyle, just visited your website. I'm impressed by your great work. You're one of my favorite American artists. Yes, your pieces are nostalgic, timeless and inspiring. Best regards.

william calkins (williamcalkins)

william calkins wrote on November 15, 2010 02:14:

I enjoyed viewing your paintings. I've always wondered what a melding of my favorite artists would be like: Hopper, Wood, Benton = S. Carlyle Smith Great stuff, we're the same age and live in the same state. Your painting inspires me to pick up the brush again, thank you for sharing your creativity.