Aaron Smith
American, born 1964
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Selected exhibitions
2015
Vestige,
Coates & Scarry
In the Snuggery of Airs and Graces,
Sloan Fine Art
2013
Past the Pillars of Hercules,
Sloan Fine Art

Captivated by Victorian- and Edwardian-era representations of ideal masculinity, Aaron Smith explores ideas of strength and vulnerability in the male image. Through his use of vibrant colors, lively brushstrokes, and generously applied oil paint, Smith contradicts the stoic bravado embodied by men in portraits from 18th- and early 19th-century England. He also animates still life paintings and depictions of statues with a loose hand and otherworldly hues. The artist attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now Associate Chair. He was the first artist in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum.