Smith's sculpture brings joy and allows people to re-connect with
nature, whimsy, and innocence.
As you step into his workshop and watch the sculptor hammer, bend
and weld copper, transforming raw metals into life giving animated
Frogs, you realize you have stepped into another world, a world
of enchantment, wonder, and fun.
Smith grew up in a family of artists. His Grandmother was water
color artist and his father became a sculptor after leaving the
science profession. Both the grandmother and the father were professionals.
Beau was eager to become an artist. As a teenager, he contributed
art to an important exhibit collaborative exhibit with his father
learned the art and craft of metal sculpting from his father. Beau's
father originated the human-sized copper frog in the early '80s.
Charles Smith, Beau's dad, also a Renaissance man, turned to sculptor
mid-career in the early 70s. Before sculpting, Charles Smith was
a scientist and mathematician. After much experiment in the realm
of metal sculpture, Charles discovered the Frog.
a kid, Beau's backyard in downtown, Charleston, South Carolina,
was filled with metal sculpture, abstract, figurative, and whimsical
- his father worked in many genres before settling on Frogs. "My
backyard was like a bizarre Martian landscape, with Martians. All
the wild sculptures…" Beau recalls.
the early 80s, one of Charles's patrons suggested that Charles sculpt
a frog. The implication, of course, was that if the patron liked
the work, he would buy it. Like it, he did. And Charles did,
too. He built more Frogs, most of them large. Every Frog he made,
he sold. He had, in effect, stumbled onto a niche.
this was not the only reason making Frogs appealed to Charles, financial
incentive is a strong one. As he continued to sculpt Frogs, his
craftsmanship and artistry in making them grew. Son's Beau and Alexander
watched the Frogs take off. They apprenticed during early periods
of Frogmaking, and before.
graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in film and
illustration. Strangely enough, this background prepared him for
the art he would later make, as the Frog sculptures have an animated
years after Charles had been steadily making Frog after Frog, and
selling them easily, his two sons, Beau and Alexander, hopped aboard
and began making them as well.
The Smiths now work independently. Beau Smith has
His studio in the Atlanta area in Smyrna.
the past they have had shows together. For several years in a row,
the Smiths exhibited at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where the
gardens now has a permanent collection of Smith Frogs. The Smiths
also exhibited at the New York's Wave Hill Gardens. The Smiths have
called themselves "Frog Smiths". Many know their work
collectively as "the Smith Frogs."