Chad Smith is a Rock Star. He is also a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, a six-time Grammy Winner, a Fine Artist and a 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. The second stop on the tour has just been announced as he plans a visit to Naples, Florida. He is especially interested in the opportunity to showcase his heartfelt artwork that has been inspired through his love for music.
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 for his next visit.(Left Chad Smith)
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, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9th, Noon – 3:00 p.m. For more details visit this website here. (Right Jelly Fish Series copyright by Chad Smith)
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 [email protected] ; however a minimum purchase is required to spend time with the Artist one on one. Left Ghost Series by copyright Chad Smith.
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. Right Exploding Forest copyright By Chad Smith.
More on Chad Smiths Career:
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. (Left Chad enjoys his drums live!)
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. In April 2012, the Chili Peppers were inducted by Chris Rock into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor that humbled Smith.
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 everyone is rewarding”.
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