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Zak Smith’s Paintings Draw On Porn, Pynchon And Punk

| Art and design | August 20, 2013

Zac Smith Paintings Rooted In Porn Pynchon And Punk

Zak Smith‘s paintings are an illustration of his life, of portraits, drawings and abstract compositions that draw on his experience in the porn industry and his love of comics and punk culture.

Smith has worked on a number of diverse projects ranging from a series in which he did an illustration for each page of Thomas Pynchon’s classic novel, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, to a series of paintings called ’100 Girls and 100 Octopuses’ based on his experience working on the 2006 porn film, ‘Barbed Wire Kiss’ to ‘Pictures Of Girls’, a series of portraits of strippers, internet pin-up girls, ex-girlfriends and fellow artists.

Smith’s aesthetic is rooted in the DIY aesthetic of punk and hardcore culture as well as the traditions of decorative art that is best exemplified by the great Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, his intricate patterns, vivid colours and use of repeated geometric forms creating a layered image that heightens the emotional impact of the image while implying narratives of erotic abandon, loneliness and excess.

All of the pictures above are taken from ’100 Girls and 100 Octopuses’ and ‘Pictures Of Girls’. All of them have an intimacy about them, a depth, their humanity acutely observed. As has has been said about them:

stylized portraits and acidic abstractions intimately capture stillness in an ever-encroaching world [with] a deconstructed neo-punk aesthetic conversant in comic book-style drawing, vivid psychedelic colouration, experimental photographic processes, and traditional draftsmanship.

This is what makes Smiths portraits so unique. He is both a participant, observer and recorder, an artist who is honest and truthful and gives us a new understanding of the colourful world of alt porn, sub cultures and the digital age.

Zak Smith’s Paintings Draw On Porn, Pynchon And Punk was last modified: November 26th, 2013 by moray mair

    

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