TOM SMITH

Tom Smith was raised in Elkton, Maryland.  At an early age he was fascinated with video games and was absorbed in making small clay sculptures.  He went on to study illustration and graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and then received his Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he currently lives.

Tom’s recent work focuses on relationships and exploring the figure through different media.  The Superhero collages offered in his current collection combine two or more found images. Tom believes that the supernatural abilities of these characters provide an escape from the human limitations that we face every day. Superheroes however, while possessing these extraordinary capabilities, become fallible when fragmented and distorted.  The character images are painstakingly sliced and then reconfigured using various geometric patterns. As the new combined image emerges so do surprising effects, for example, hands may overlap in the same place or the color of a cape merges into the opposing image.  The resulting collages depict two figures in a field of vibrating interference, and keep the viewer mesmerized.

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Tom Smith "Untitled" (magician and cape)  "Untitled" (magician and cape)
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
7" x 8", signed.
Tom Smith "Untitled" (magenta)  "Untitled" (magenta)
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
6.5" x 7.25", signed.
Tom Smith "Untitled" (004) "Untitled" (004)
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
8.5" x 11.5"", signed.
Tom Smith "Untitled" (gun and bird)  "Untitled" (gun and bird)
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
6.75 " x 7.5", signed.
Tom Smith "Double Vision" "Double Vision"
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
6 " x 10.75", signed.
Tom Smith "Untitled" (red) "Untitled" (red)
2009.
Collage on paper. Superheroes.
6.75 " x 7", signed.