Fine Art

Interview with Zak Smith

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Smith's body of work primarily comprises portraits, drawings, and abstract art executed in acrylic and ink. An enduring interest in comic books informs the artist's dynamic and obsessively detailed depictions of the people, objects, and stories that inhabit his world. Allied with punk and hardcore culture and the DIY aesthetic associated with these movements, Smith draws on traditions of decorative art to produce visually complex, labor-intensive pictures characterized by intricate patterns and vivid coloration.

Smith is best known for his portraits of female subjects - with an emphasis on eroticism as well as the mundane aspects of his subjects' lives - and his page-by-page illustrations for Gravity's Rainbow. The book Zak Smith: Pictures of Girls (Distributed Art Publishers, 2005) includes selected plates from the series Girls in the Naked Girl Business, 100 Girls and 100 Octopuses, and One Picture for Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, in addition to stand-alone pieces from the period 2000-2005. In 2006 Tin House will release a book of the Gravity's Rainbow illustrations, which were featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art and are now in the collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Source: