Carl Smith is an American artist who has been residing in Berlin, Germany since 2001. His artistic practice encompasses a rich blend of silkscreen printing, collage, and painting techniques. Originally hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Smith honed his skills at The Cooper Union in New York.
Smith's art delves into the interstice between Pop Art and Surrealism. His creative process involves merging personal photographic materials with drawings and other narrative fragments. Prior to actualizing a finished image, he works through several layout combinations. Smith meticulously selects and transfers specific pieces onto canvas via screen-printing, and then, elevates these pieces with oil paint to complete his works. He masterfully employs found images to convey slightly absurd and humorous visual anecdotes. In Smith's own words, the process of creating these narrative works constitutes "drawing with pictures."
Smith's oeuvre has been exhibited in several group and solo shows, including noteworthy displays in New York, London, and Berlin. His works have been lauded for their playful blend of techniques, whimsical narratives, and innovative use of materials.