Size: 32"W x 32"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2013
Ready to Hang
" I am a genius when it comes to the figure. Mostly, because I'm self taught, or rather the lessons of correctly contouring the body with color have been revealed to me over time periods where I am learning through doing it a million times.
What I find particularly genius about this piece is I'm working directly from my head, no model. Yet, she is sitting in space, completely voluminous. Look at the deep red that outlines the front of her figure and notice how it helps you imagine that she has a front surface that is being lit. Her knee is reflecting the water beneath her.
I love the hard angle of the pool extending into a pervading grey mist that envelopes her so comfortably. It's a piece about reflection and a piece about the viewer objectifying the subject of his mind. In that turn, it is a piece about all Art History and the artists' who voyeurized bathing women.
And I love it. " - Dictated but not Read
David Aaron Smith is an artist/activist who's work centers on social issues. Rather than exploit the situations he paints about, David wants to give back. For each painting sold, David will donate half of his share to a cause listed in the description of the painting. From David: "I think it's a great way to get people involved in my work, and even piquing an interest in art in general. So many times, art is bought and sold for it's aesthetic value only when the art with the greatest value is that which is used as a tool to tell the story of a culture's moment in history. My work is about OUR moment in history and how it looks from my perspective. I think it will speak to those who see the same America." Watch the documentary, "The Last Mountain," to get an idea of David's roots in activism. Along with his large body of political fine-art, David is also working on a "living sculpture" in Death Valley that you can stay at : #davidaaronsmith #villaanitadv