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Leslie Smith

Art Explosion Studios
744 Alabama St, SF ,CA
Studio number: 134
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Artist Statement:

Broad strokes, bold shapes, rich texture, create the form, but more importantly expose figure’s character. Gesture, posturing, larger-than-life scale provide insight on inner emotions and outer truth, bringing both power and vulnerability to work. I aim for intuitive, experiential, and emotional responses first, then a refined, analytical assessment. Interested in the human condition; the intersection between wild like an animal and the analytical, self-assessing, moral being humans strive to be--very nature of man’s code of conduct, personal conflict, and ethical dilemma. My portraiture explores relationships, brings the political into the art world, the obligation of being human into the conversation. Sketches create a foundation, seeking essence rather than detail. Excitement builds as I stick a large palette knife into a pound of oil paint and slap it onto the canvas—a new beginning; a new challenge; a new opportunity to portray my version of the truth.