Larchwood, Iowa, 2010. Painting by Rene Smith, first time featured in Episode 14, Season 1.
Rene Smith (Born: Philadelphia. Lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York).
The artist recieved her M.F.A in painting from Tylor School of Art in Philadelphia and a B.A. in painting from Bennington College in Vermont. Her studio is located across the street to Silvercup Studios where the filming takes place.
How her work “landed on” Rufus Hunprey’s walls, Ms. Smith told the Gothamist on 22. of April, 2008:
Since her studio is close to the Gossip Girl Set, she brought the painting to Silvercup Studios and was let in. Here she was lucky to present her work for the art departement. After a while she got a phonecall, letting her know they were interested in using her painting in the show.
Rene Smith also got a tour on the set, which is enormous. She was also introduced to the producers, who liked her works. How much the show rented the painting for is confidencial, but Smith herself said to the Gothamist.com that “the amount was very helpful in terms of supporting my new works”.
Rene Smith is just another example of good and talented Brooklyn-artist who have been chosen by the art departement in Gossip Girl.
David Allen Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Deiglan Gallery Akureyri, Iceland
Koi Gallery Bangkok, Thailand
Source: The Gothamist, By Jen Carlson in Arts and Events onApril 22, 2008