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Josh Smith, ‘Untitled’, 2006, Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 2006 twice on the reverse

Catherine Bastide, Brussels
Private Collection

About Josh Smith

Josh Smith is best known for his aggressive, gestural paintings of his own name, in which the letters fluctuate between signifiers and abstracted forms. In recent years, he has experimented with more figurative subjects such as fish, leaves, skeletons, and insects. Using murky color and large brushstrokes, Smith is not interested in precisely rendering his subjects, but rather in exploring the possibilities of abstraction. Many of his paintings incorporate digital images of previous work, which he then exhaustively reworks.

American, b. 1976, Knoxville, Tennessee, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Mikonos ,
2012
Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, 
Munich, Germany,
The Slide Show, Mekanism Skateboards