Geoffrey C. Smith (born 1961-) is an American bronze sculptor and photographer. He is a graduate of Montana State University, and currently resides in the coastal town of Stuart, Florida. His best-known work is that of the “Stuart Sailfish,” an 18-foot monument situated in Downtown Stuart.
Smith was born in San Francisco, California in 1961 to Maurice Smith, a neurosurgeon, and homemaker Carolyn Smith. He is the middle child of three sons.
Smith’s interest in artistry was subsequently inspired by his maternal grandfather Charles, a wood carver. By the age of 15, Smith had begun to carve wooden duck decoys.
He then entered Montana State University to major in economics. He graduated with honors, and also enrolled in several art courses. In the fall of 1980, he held his first gallery show at Gallery 85 in Billings, Montana, and sold every piece he exhibited. Smith exchanged wood for bronze upon graduating in 1983, and promptly cast his first bronze sculpture the following year, a trumpeter swan in 12 editions, and sold every edition upon casting.
In 1990 Smith converted an historic building in Billings, Montano into his first studio and gallery that would showcase his work for the next six years.
In 1996 Smith moved with his family to Stuart, Florida. He opened a new gallery at 47 West Osceola Street in 1997, situated across from the historic Lyric Theater.
In 2015 Smith opened his second gallery and working studio in nearby Port Salerno at 4545 SE Dixie Highway where he continues to build his creations today.
Smith is characterized as a representational sculptor, and though stylistically he may be viewed as a naturalist, his signature aesthetic can be deemed “loose” wherein the subjects of his work are represented by their basic elements, with fingerprints giving the suggestion of feathers or fur.
The Stuart Sailfish is an 18 ft bronze monument sculpted by Geoffrey Smith and cast by Eagle Bronze Incorporated, located in Lander, Wyoming. The 3,000 lb sculpture, installed in 2003 in the center of the “Sailfish Circle” roundabout at Dixie Highway and Joan Jefferson way, was created with special architectural armature, enabling it to withstand wind gusts of up to 200 mph, an essential in an area frequently hit by hurricanes. Since its installation on January 2, 2003, it has since been adopted as the symbol of the city of Stuart, Florida, a location deemed “The Sailfish Capital of the World.”