Karl Beckwith Smith in his Folly Road studio with works he’s created—and even one he’s restoring (standing at far right); photograph by Brett Benton
September 3, 2014
Painter Karl Beckwith Smith creates murals on canvas for homes and businesses all over town
written BY Margaret Pilarski
He may be a Northerner by birth—one who roamed Europe in his early adulthood before moving to New York City, then the Hudson River Valley—but over the last 22 years, Karl Beckwith Smith has left a lasting artistic mark on the Lowcountry. Ever relaxed in The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place? Those are his 14-foot-tall murals on canvas surrounding the Jacuzzi. Stepped into a house South of Broad? It might be one of about 50 adorned by his brush. A self-taught artist who was one of the first at Princeton to paint for his thesis, the co-owner of downtown’s Halcyon Place Gallery is today kept busy with commissioned pieces, thanks to clients who keep coming back for his decorative details and storytelling strokes. Here, he chats with us about his work.