Mixed Media, Acrylic, Resin, Ink, Silver Leaf on Canvas
24 x 18 in
61 x 46 cm
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Combining contemporary portraiture with pop culture iconography, Brian Smith’s original artworks range from hyperrealist to figurative. His paintings exude modern elegance. His subjects, through the balance of color and texture, are suspended in a universe between vision and pop art realism. He pairs detailed subjects with minimalist backgrounds, creating a dynamic relationship within the work.
His crowns are a recognizable symbol of modern popular culture, expressing a radiance akin to luminous clouds. They are a perfect complement to his fascination with the interplay of the material world and the intellect. The mysterious gaze and confident poses of his subjects express freedom and tenacity.
This 24 inch high by 18 inch wide original painting is wired and ready to hang. The painting is created with acrylic paint, silver leaf, and ink on canvas, and the crown is covered with a clear layer of resin, adding dimension and depth to this artwork. The sides of this figurative artwork are painted as a continuation of the front and it does not require framing. The canvas is covered in silver leaf. This artwork is signed by the artist on the front and back. Convenient local Los Angeles area shipping. Affordable U.S. and worldwide shipping are available. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included.
Many of Smith’s crowns are covered with a layer of clear resin that adds gloss and depth over his subjects. The repetition of crowns as the main theme across his body of work reveals Smith’s interest in the intersection of fashion, royalty, and creative expression. “There is this great intrigue around royalty and nobility. I like to mix that fascination with contemporary aspects of fashion photography and a hint of urban art to capture the emotions associated with this culture”. We would love to know what is going on inside the minds of his subjects.
Brian Smith graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design obtaining a B.F.A. in Production Design and Art History. He likes to work with acrylic paint and sometimes incorporate gold and silver leaf as well as resin. Smith now resides in Hollywood, California, and has exhibited at art galleries in Los Angeles since 2020. His artwork is in private collections throughout the U.S., France, and China.
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Contemporary American artist Brian Smith combines portraiture and pop culture iconography with hyperrealist details in his original acrylic and mixed media paintings. He pairs his subjects with minimalist backgrounds, creating a dynamic relationship within the work.
Smith’s paintings evolve towards a universe where the shapes, the lines, the colors, and the composition of the motives lead to the mystery of the true creation: to see the invisible and to say the unspeakable, to show to hide, to detail to suggest, to allow a composition to mean something other than what we see.
Brian graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design obtaining a B.F.A. in Production Design and Art History. He resides in Hollywood, California, and has exhibited at Los Angeles art galleries since 2020. His artwork has been collected by Paris & Kathy Hilton, Issa Rae, and is held in private collections around the United States, France, and China.
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