Introducing Poolside Paintings by Seth Smith
Seth Smith's paintings indulge our escapist daydreams, court nostalgia - without being overly sentimental, and kindle plans for a cross-continental road trip. We couldn't be happier to introduce his work to you. We've released three new prints by Smith, all of which are also available as highly covetable originals.
Claim one while you can, and read on for first-person details:
Why oil painting?
I love working in oil because I can carve back into it and shape color or give texture for days. I was a printmaker for years and I loved woodcarving. I guess I miss that process. The way I paint has a similar feel to cutting a wood block for me.
Can you offer some context for the works we’re releasing in the collection?
This body of work is something I've been on for about 5 years now. I think it's just now making sense to me why the initial obsession was there. I was sitting in my garage studio in Kansas feeling particularly boxed in and trapped for a number of reasons personally and professionally. I felt like I was never going to have sordid adventure again, get lost anywhere, or stumble upon something beautiful and hidden. So an empty motel that seemed recently abandoned or a pool that had no real owner just people passing through and enjoying it for one brilliant afternoon was where my daydreams went... I had them all to my own in the work.
I thought I'd just start painting those thoughts and escaping into that world. It's a very selfish act I guess.
Give us some insight into your studio/work space. Where does your best work get made?
I have converted my studio into a sort of screwed up motel lobby. It's a cabinet of curiosities that I paint in!