The Glasgow Smile

29.00"W x 41.00"H x 2.0"D

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Erik Ybarra


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: watercolor, contemporary art, contemporary, abstract, framed, realistic, realism, surreal, surrealism, acrylic, watercolors, watercolor, airbrush, portraits, woman portrait, portrait

Media: watercolor, acrylic on canvas

Size: 29"W x 41"H x 2"D

Year Created: 2016

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A Glasgow Smile is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a the mouth up to the ears. This leaves a scar in the shape of a smile.

The piece actually came about when i was reading up on The Black Dahlia Murder, the actual case not the band of the same name, again and one particular wound the victim had suffered stuck in my mind. That would was that of a Glasgow Smile or a Chelsea Grin. And it stuck cause i believe i was aware of the wounding or scaring practice but had never heard the trim for it before. And it reminded of something like The Birthday Massacre, which is the name of a particular band and their idea of names the band in that its something cute mixed in with something dark.

So it brought me to the idea that you'll always be smiling, so what was once pure and good, your smile, is no longer the same. So the psychology behind it has changed and no has a different meaning.

I am primarily a self taught artist, drawing as long as I could remember, which really isn't saying much. For the most part the only formal or what I consider formal training I've had was my last two of high school, and my years at school going to San Antonio College. Being part of the Graphic and Fine Arts program really just help me develop everything a little more. After school, I pretty much went back to basics and did everything in my sketch books. Eventually I picked up airbrushing again and started adding in watercolor and have been doing it since then.

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