GORDON SMEDT

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

     I was a figurative painter in art school. After graduation, the lack of human models left me with the gift to paint everything else in the world. It's just a matter of focusing on what intrigues and excites me personally, and pursuing what everyone else isn't painting. I'm attracted to objects familiar to most of us, but far from obvious as something one would imagine as typical subject matter.  

     The majority of my subject matter is inanimate objects yet I've never considered myself a "still-life" painter….. Rather a figurative/portrait painter who doesn't necessarily paint humans. I approach my objects as if they are people. My perspective is eye level so not to look down on a pair of shoes where we most often see them. This gives the shoes new light. They become important, with personality and a human quality. I can tell a more interesting narrative by painting clothing rather than the person wearing them. The clothing without the human enables the viewer's interpretation, allowing them to make it their own.

-GORDON SMEDT