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Ko Smith
Brooklyn, NY
Website: kosmith.com
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, this series of paintings is meant to interpret an American tendency to present, view and discuss issues though a “Black and White” lens– often hyperbolic and unnuanced– and demonstrate the subtleties present even in such polarized discussions. I’ve restricted my pallet to different types of black and white paint, solely painting with Williamsburg Oils, an American fine oil paint manufacturer. I refrain from painting a realistic landscape or from using reference photos from my trip to emphasize the influence one's perspective and opinions have on how they view their environment. It also draws from the use of the word in the allegorical sense, i.e. a “political landscape”, “financial landscape” or “emotional landscape”, and how these Landscapes– purely products of human mental structures, influence how we view the world we inhabit.
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  • Blue 1
    2019
    Oil on wood panel
    12 x 9 inches
    The root of the paintings in my Red and Blue series lies in the internal moment in which we as individuals have the opportunity to expand our worldview, mental and emotional boundaries. These painting

  • Red 1
    2019
    Oil on wood panel
    12 x 9 inches
    The root of the paintings in my Red and Blue series lies in the internal moment in which we as individuals have the opportunity to expand our worldview, mental and emotional boundaries. These painting

  • American Landscape 4 (Cold Black, Italian Earth / Roman Black, Graphite Grey, Titan Buff, Flake Whit
    2019
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 70
    Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, this series of paintings is meant to interpret an American tendency to present, view and discuss issues though a “Black and Whit

  • American Landscape 5 (Flake White, Italian Black / Roman Earth, Titanium White, Unbleached Titanium,
    2019
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 80 inches
    Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, this series of paintings is meant to interpret an American tendency to present, view and discuss issues though a “Black and Whit

  • American Landscape 3 (Titan Buff, Cold Black, Flake White)
    2018
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 74 inches
    Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, this series of paintings is meant to interpret an American tendency to present, view and discuss issues though a “Black and Whit

  • Seer (Memory Palace: Room 7, Peg 3)
    2016
    Oil on Canvas
    48 x 30

  • Oldboy
    2013
    Oil on Canvas
    48 x 38 inches

  • Selective Acculturation
    2017
    Oil on Canvas
    48 x 32

  • Studio Experiment No. 23 (Memory Palace: He survived the mumps as a child, but Go Fever proved to be
    2015
    Oil on Permatex Blue Drape
    16 x 11 inches (irregular)

  • Pirouette
    2017
    Ink, collage on paper
    10 x 6 inches
    Framed
 








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