Valley Bank Mural – Harmony of Progress 2023

This artwork was commissioned in 2023. The original painting is 70×33 inches on stretched canvas. The digital display in the lobby is 177 inches across. The original work is on view in the C Suite office inside the Bank’s HQ. This piece depicts how Valley invests in every ambition: by nurturing relationships, navigating complexity, and personally committing to growth. From this focal point unfurls a monumental tree. Its roots symbolize our proud community heritage. Its leaves blooming upwards towards the sky swirling with opportunities. The focal point of the mural’s composition is a large hand floating over an urban landscape. The hand is a metaphor for relationships. There’s also a seed on the palm of the hand, radiating creative energy into the larger composition. The hand is supported by a ring and pillars, meant to mimic an element of floating classical architecture. This represents solidity and structure. Below are links to the banks’s webpage for the project. Harmony of Progress is currently on digital display in the Lobby of Valley Bank’s corporate headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. Viewing of the digital version of the painting is open to the public.

About Mark T. Smith

Mark T. Smith is a celebrated American painter. He is best known for his colorful, complex paintings and his passion for the application of art into the fabric of everyday life.

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