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Ray Smith

Lot 77168

Tridachia Crispata, 1996

Oil on canvas
77 1/2 × 54 3/4 in
196.9 × 139.1 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $7,000–$9,000
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$5,500

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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. CIRO V. SUMAYA

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. CIRO V. SUMAYA

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Signed and dated lower center: Ray Smith
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Ray Smith
American, b. 1959
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Ray Smith emerged in the 1980s, and has been pursuing an inclusive, collaborative approach to art-making ever since, producing—often with the input of his longtime studio assistants—exuberant paintings and sculptures characterized by a blend of magical realism, Surrealism, and Modernism. His inimitable style and subject matter reflects his bi-cultural American and Mexican heritage, his early studies of fresco painting with traditional practitioners in Mexico, and an indebtedness to Picasso, the Surrealists, and the politically daring Mexican muralists. Contorted and morphed human figures recur throughout his work, as do images of dogs and other anthropomorphized animals and fantastical, part-human, part-animal hybrid beasts. Through these varied beings, as well as images of distorted timepieces, Smith reflects upon the complexities and absurdities of society, family, politics, culture, war, and the human condition itself, framed by birth and death.

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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. CIRO V. SUMAYA

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. CIRO V. SUMAYA

Signature
Signed and dated lower center: Ray Smith
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ray Smith
American, b. 1959
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Ray Smith emerged in the 1980s, and has been pursuing an inclusive, collaborative approach to art-making ever since, producing—often with the input of his longtime studio assistants—exuberant paintings and sculptures characterized by a blend of magical realism, Surrealism, and Modernism. His inimitable style and subject matter reflects his bi-cultural American and Mexican heritage, his early studies of fresco painting with traditional practitioners in Mexico, and an indebtedness to Picasso, the Surrealists, and the politically daring Mexican muralists. Contorted and morphed human figures recur throughout his work, as do images of dogs and other anthropomorphized animals and fantastical, part-human, part-animal hybrid beasts. Through these varied beings, as well as images of distorted timepieces, Smith reflects upon the complexities and absurdities of society, family, politics, culture, war, and the human condition itself, framed by birth and death.

Ray Smith

Lot 77168

Tridachia Crispata, 1996

Oil on canvas
77 1/2 × 54 3/4 in
196.9 × 139.1 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $7,000–$9,000
Starting bid
$5,500

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Shipping, taxes, and additional fees may apply.
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02d  14h  36m  28s
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