Lucien Smith, ‘STP (709c, 170c, 171c)’, 2014, Phillips

From the Specialists:
Having risen to international prominence over the past five years, Lucien Smith has experimented across many different mediums, exploring a very diverse array of aesthetics. His textual “STP” paintings have become a symbol of his contemporary brand, each of which features the three letters on shaped canvases rendered in vibrant color combinations. The artist has explained that this acronym stands for “Serving the People” or “Stop the Pigs”, slogans used by protesters in the 1960s, playing on the automotive product company STP Motors. “This idea of using a corporate logo and flipping that imagery into something positive really interested me."
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed "L. Smith" and stamped with date "FEB 12 2014" on a label affixed to the reverse, unframed.

OHWOW, Los Angeles
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Phillips, New York, September 20, 2016, lot 189
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Lucien Smith

Smith creates work that traverses a spectrum of styles and concerns, from chance to purpose, spare to saturated, sublime to familiar. These visual approaches, or conceptual directives, may combine and overlap in one piece, or spread individually through a body of work – each idea originally segregated, fully integrates when understood as an oeuvre. His work acts as a tangible moment, a chronicle of exploration, as he negotiates with existence. He reminds us that an artist’s trajectory is a sensory reflection of individual experience. Lucien Smith received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Good Vibrations at Half Gallery, New York, NY, and Seven Rain Paintings at OHWOW, Los Angeles, CA. This year, Smith’s work was also included in Merci Mercy, curated by Christine Messineo, New York, NY, and in Beyond the Object, at Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy.

American , b. 1989, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York