Malcolm Smith is an artist whose style derives from 1960s romance comics and incorporates bright, bold colors and techniques borrowed from the printing industry. His paintings are dramatic in scope and predominantly feature sultry, flirty and empowered women in a series of situations and environments.
The simplicity of using two parts, the face and hands, allows us to focus more closely on the emotion. To emphasize the strength in which expression is conveyed through facial expression and hand gestures, Smith designates punchy one liners from an array of memorable films to his works.
The Ben-Day dot printing process, where equal sized dots are equally spaced or overlapped, was something that fascinated Smith. His works are not digitally produced, but are all hand painted acrylic on canvas using mostly primary colors (red, yellow and blue) which allow the paintings to stand out. In the lingerie series, the juxtaposition of function and flesh, cold steel against soft skin and fabric, can be compared to Smith’s background in engineering but also convey his idealism of women.
These pieces will not leave you feeling diminished because you don’t get them. They are not open to interpretation, but are in your face and cannot go unnoticed as they make a strong statement about women and about life, celebrating both with enthusiasm and pizzaz.