Byron Smith, Untitled, 2017, pencil on paper, 14 x 17 in.
Byron Smith: Cover Girls
February 22 - March 31, 2018
Diana Ross looks coolly over her shoulder, a breeze moving gently through her hair. Staring outward from a field of dense black, Isabella
Smith (b. 1963), originally from North Carolina, and now residing in Brooklyn, has worked with a number of subjects. Early drawings included objects from his surrounding environment, especially shoes and flowers, which quickly gave way to an interest in gorillas and robots, before moving to his current fixation on
The women are depicted elegantly. Fingernails and eyelashes are exaggerated. Lips are painted a vibrant red. Their silhouettes are drawn, erased, and redrawn with long, deliberate strokes. They are poised, graceful figures, instantly recognizable despite an economic use of line and shape.
A thread of sincerity runs through all of Smith’s work, a kind impulse that seems to drive his work, aid in the choice of his subjects, and inform the way that he reinterprets their image.
Byron Smith, Untitled, 2015, mixed media, 15 x 22 in.
Byron Smith, Diana Ross, 2017, pencil on paper, 14 x 17 in.
Byron Smith, Untitled, 2015, ink on paper, 20 x 13 in.
Byron Smith, Untitled, 2016, ink on paper, 30 x 22.5 in.