The art of Brighton Smith is on view at Skidmore Contemporary Art. Smith’s paintings are crisp representations of glamorous objects.
The paintings are playful in terms of subject, from “dry-clean only” everyday items to depictions of high-fashion pieces. These subjects tie together mass consumer culture with artful opulence.
See image: Brighton Smith, Stack of Books, 2014, Gouache on paper, 40″ x 30″
The items are placed on an abstracted white surface to draw particular attention to the pattern and form of individual articles or collections of objects.
Color is particularly important to Brighton as he searches for these images—appropriating them from fashion magazines, advertisements, and social media platforms—looking for strong compositions to manipulate in large format.
The paintings blur the lines between timeless, vintage fashions and contemporary trends in style.
See image: Brighton Smith, Rainbow Heels, oil on linen on panel, 12¾” x 30″
What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5 pm