Dolph Smith, Book Artist

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2020



We are honored to have works by Memphis book artist Dolph Smith for sale at Burke's Book Store. Each book in this series is handmade from various materials, with hand sewn bindings.




About the artist:

(From the introduction to his interview and feature in the recently published Memphis Studios: A Visual Tour)

"Dolph Smith is an institution in Memphis. First as a student and then as a teacher at Memphis College of Art for 30 years, Smith has been influential for generations of artists and for the art community as a whole. His legacy of work has evolved from his earliest naturalistic watercoulors of rural buildings and semi-barren landscapes to his handmade books to his more sculptural pieces today. Smith has over 1,200 works in private, corporate and museum collections internationally. He has been featured in Surface Design Journal, Hand Papermaking, The Complete Printmaker and was profiled with nine other American bookmakers in The Penland Book of Handmade Books. Smith travels widely to teach at various institutions including Penland School, Arrowmont, Haystack, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and the Appalachian Center.

Today, Smith is in his early 80's and works from his house located in the Tennessee countryside. His studio, although attached to that house, could be more accurately described as being located in the fictional Tennarkippi, a mythic land invented and inhabited by Smith and from which the spirit of his art arises."