Taking beauty to the limit--
We will, hopefully, never tire of masterful representational painting with classical roots. Much as we decry the end of draftsmanship and the ascendance of the idea, there is something about paint made to look like the turn of a supple lip or the thigh of a nude lad. Aaron Smith delivers just such painting, and just in case you miss the point he will delineate a lush body with a transparent sheet of fabric in front of it so that
even something as unseen as light through cloth is rendered tangible via paint and the play of shadow on and in it. Other portraits are delivered in true old school Van Eyck style, apparently reflected in some round object like a mirror or a Christmas tree globe. There are moments when the work is forced, the anatomy a little awkward, but if this is the trajectory for a relatively young artist, great things lie ahead (at Koplin Del Rio, West Hollywood).
Art Scene Vol. 24, No. 2: Continued and Recommended, Oct. 2004