Shane Smith (b. Jan 12, 1999 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a New York based painter and sculptor. The majority of his works are personal, figurative representations of nature, animals and people.
My art practice is an investigation/ exploration of self, and experiences that have emotionally, intellectually, & aesthetically left an impression on me. I explore through art, ideas that revolve around the human condition. This includes concepts such as birth, growth, conflict, mortality, identity, sexuality etc. My work follows a personal narrative, through the representation of my own introspective ideas and life experiences.
Primarily, I use mixed media not limited to acrylic paint and oil paint, on canvas and found material. Many of my paintings concern feelings and ideas represented by symbolic subject matter. As far back as ancient Sumer and Egypt, animals have been used in many contexts to embody, satirize, and appraise human behavior. I often times use animal motifs with a similar intent.
Other times I depict scenes from my immediate surroundings. I refer to these scenes as "found compositions"- off kilter arrangements of line, form, and color in everyday life. In fact, surveying my environment for these found compositions has become one of my favorite aspects of picture making. It has enriched not only my practice, but also my experience of life, with an amplified grattitude for the experience of looking.
I am interested in art's ability to contradict what is apparently objective, and it's potential to elicit potent emotional and intellectual responses in doing so.