Biography

Liv Rainey-Smith is an artist specializing in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She pulls her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment.

Rainey-Smith completed her BFA at the Oregon College of Art of Craft in 2008. Two woodcut prints from her thesis, The Four Portlanders of the Apocalypse, may be glimpsed in Season 2, Episode 7 of Portlandia. Since graduation, she has worked full time as a woodcut printmaker in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 she took the business name Xylographilia (“Love of Woodcut”) to reflect her love of the art form. She was accepted as a professional member of Print Arts Northwest in 2010.

Her work has gained a substantial audience within the esoteric art world both locally and abroad. In addition to her self-directed work, she has also collaborated with Three Hands Press on a number of titles including Michael Howard’s Children of Cain, A Rose Veiled in Black, and most notably Robert Fitzgerald’s Arcanum Bestiarum for which she created over fifty original woodcuts.

In addition to being an affiliate of Three Hands Press, Rainey-Smith has contributed art to titles from Rubedo Press, PS Publishing, and other publications. She has served as the artist liaison of the annual Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington since 2011. She is also a regular guest and contributor to the annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon, where she has competed in the Pickman’s Apprentice Live Drawing Competition. In lieu of drawing, she races to complete an original woodcut print based on an audience prompt within a ninety-minute deadline.

Statement

As an artist working in a medium which demands patience and foresight, I enjoy the challenge of tempering impulse with process. My approach to woodcut printmaking is an ever developing system of technical control and precision with space left for chance and chaos. This ever changing form of balance is portrayed most acutely in my Iunges series, depictions of shifting forms suggested by the patterns in the wood they are carved from. These reduction prints, carved with minimal preparatory sketching, are moments of communication and revelation, to be grouped and paired as representations of harmonious discord.

Exhibitions

Selected framed works: Congregation Gallery 7569 Melrose Hollywood, CA 90046
Unframed works: Gargoyle Statuary 4550 University Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98105

2016 Solo show, Backstory Books, Portland, OR
2016 Solo show, Wells & Verne, Portland, OR
2016 Honey & Venom, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Love & Monsters, Lovecraft Arts & Sciences, Providence, RI
2015 Figurative Art Exhibition, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR
2015 Visionary Art by Print Arts Northwest, 510 Museum & ARTspace, Lake Oswego, OR
2015 Prints from Bite Studio, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
2014 Bite Studio Holiday Print Show, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
2014 Beasts of Lore: The Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, OR
2014 Solo show, Redux, Portland, OR
2014 Esoteric Book Conference, Seattle, WA
2014 Solo show, Gargoyles Statuary, Seattle, WA
2014 Supernatural, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2014 World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
2014 The Artists of Bite Studio group show, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Portland, OR
2014 First Friday Reception, Wells & Verne, Portland, OR
2014 Dark Love: Sweet & Sanguine, Gargoyles Statuary, Seattle, WA
2014 Love in Print, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
2014 Curious Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Ars Necronomica, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
2013 Xylographic Menagerie, Woodcut Prints by Liv Rainey-Smith, Gargoyles, Seattle, WA
2013 From the Shadows of the Trees, I-G Creative, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Printmaking and Photography, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2013 Myths, Marvels, & Magic, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2012 Printmaker’s Hand II, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
2012 MiniPrint Annual 2012, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 Print Arts Northwest,Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 Sacrilege, The Congregation Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2011 Necropolis, The Congregation Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2011 If We Shadows, Gallery 114, Portland OR
2011 The Hunt, Hoffman Gallery, Portland OR
2011 Buckman Show & Sell, Portland OR
2011 Art as Healing, 100th Monkey Gallery, Portland OR
2011 Portland Love Show, Gallery Homeland, Portland OR
2011 Love in Print, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
2011 PAN members traveling show, various locations, OR
2011 Printmaking Show, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2010 Tarot Show, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2010 Liminal: the works of Chris Haberman & Liv Rainey-Smith, Pearl Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Print Arts Northwest New Member Show, Portland, Oregon
2010 Black & White Group Show, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2010 Menagerie Show, Errata Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Portland City Art’s Rainy Day Wildfire Show, Olympic Mills Center, Portland, OR
2010 20th Annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, Portland, OR
2010 Launch Pad Gallery’s Fifth Annual Portland Love Show, Olympic Mills Center, Portland, OR
2009-2010 20cmMax, OT Gallery, 150 E. Main, Tustin, CA
2009 The Printmakers Hand, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
2009 Esoteric Book Conference, Seattle, WA
2008 Esozone, Watershed, Portland, OR
2008 Tribute, 100th Monkey Studio, Portland, OR
2008 Object Show, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR

Professional Associations

Since 2010 Print Arts Northwest

Publications

2016 Clavis: Journal of the Art Magical, Vol. 4
2016 A Rose Veiled in Black, Three Hands Press, Robert Fitzgerald & Daniel A. Schulke editors
2015 She Walks in Shadows, Innsmouth Free Press, Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula Stiles editors
2015 Verdant Gnosis, Rubedo Press, Catamara Rosarium & Jenn Zahrt editors
2015 Dreams in the Witch House, Arkham Bazaar
2014 The Starry Wisdom Library, PS Publishing, Nate Pedersen editor
2013 Arcanum Bestiarum, Three Hands Press, Robert Fitzgerald author
2011 Children of Cain, Three Hands Press, Michael Howard author
2010 SilKMilK  Issue #4

Education

2008 BFA, Oregon College of Art and Craft

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