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American Landscape 8 (Cold Black, German Earth, Lead Ground, Titan Buff, Titanium White), 2019




Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, the American Landscape series of paintings is meant to interpret a 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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painting | oil | canvas


16.00 x 20.00 x 1.50 in | 40.64 x 50.80 x 3.81 cm

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Studio Ko Smith

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