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Chris Smith

‚ÄčSan Diego Visual Artist

"Ace of Spades" 48"x36" $900 (2014) SOLD

"Silent Love" 48"x36" $900 (2015)

"Blurred Lines" 48"x36" $900 (2014) SOLD

"City Static" 11"x28" $400 (2015) SOLD

2014 - 2015

48"x72" $1,200 Diptych (2015)

foreshortening - Perspective applied to a single object in an image, for a three-dimensional effect, which often results in distortion with possible emotional overtones. It is used particularly with the human figure, in Renaissance and Mannerist art.

formal - A term used by artists to describe the visual elements of a work of art, such as composition, space, color, etc., i.e., formal elements.
found object - First used in the early years of the 20th century (in the Dadaist movement), a found object is any object that an artist comes upon, and uses in an artwork, or as the artwork itself. Marcel Duchamp called these works 'readymades.' He exhibited a urinal in the Society of Independent Artists exhibition in New York in 1917, under the signature 'R Mutt'; Dada was the precursor to Surrealism, and was an 'anti-art' movement after World War I, which sought to avoid order and rationality in art. Dada also questioned the very meaning of art: what is art? who decides if an object is art? is it art because an artist places it in a museum and calls it art? etc. Later, Picasso made a bull's head from found objects: the seat and handle bars of a bicycle.

fresco - Wall painting in water-based paint on moist plaster, mostly from the 14th to the 16th centuries; used mostly before the Renaissance produced oil paint as a more easily handled medium.

frottage - (pronounced fro-taj) - French term, meaning to rub a crayon or other tool onto paper or other material, which is placed onto a textured surface, in order to create the texture of that surface on the paper. The Surrealist artist Max Ernst used this technique in some of his collages.
genre - (pronounced jahn-re) - A type of painting representing scenes of everyday life for its own sake, popular from the 17th century to the 19th century.

gesso - An undercoating medium used on the canvas or other painting surface before painting, to prime the canvas; usually a white, chalky, thick liquid. In the mid-20th century, gesso became available already commercially prepared; before this time, artists often mixed their own gesso mixture.

"I Miss The Crow" 36"x 48" $1,200 Diptych (2015)

"Canceled_Dreams" $900 (2015)

"Rain Dance" 48"x36" $900 (2015)

"Corporate Crow" 48"x36" $1,600 (2014) SOLD

"I Need You More Than Dope" $400 (2015) SOLD

"A Whisper" 5'x8' $4,600 (2015)

"MOD" 36" x 60" $1,500 (2015)

"The Silence of Frost" 48"x36" $1,200 (Framed) (2015) (Can be seen at Urban Solace in NorthPark)

directional movement - A principle of visual movement in artworks, which can be carried by line, dots, marks, shapes, patterns, color, and other compositional elements. Directional movement in paintings or sculptures directs the viewer's eye around or through the artwork, in a way which the artist consciously or unconsciously determines. One important function is to keep the viewer's eye from "leaving" the work, and instead cause the viewer to follow an inventive (interesting) path within the work, or exit in one area, only to be brought back in another area.

"Shadow Cannot Exist Without Light" $600 24" x 36" (2015) SOLD

"Crawling From The Wreckage" $900 (2014) SOLD

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