Wine and Moonlight Long Exposures

Selections from Peace & War

I have the most basic of tools with me; a few paints, a couple brushes, sketchbooks, cameras, notepads. Writing pop songs on borrowed miniature guitars and out-of-tune pianos, staying up late by starlight to experiment with long exposures and fire. It’s quite freeing.

Posted to Work at 15:51 on 24 May 2018

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Foreign Projects

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“Interrupted Thoughts Regarding Peace (Amsterdam in Spring)”
Acrylic, oil, pencil, pigment marker. 150x75cm.

My first gig in Europe turned into something of an artist residency as my job was to, over the course of about two weeks, make a painting for a penthouse undergoing renovation here. Five days of acrylics and five days of oils and the result is probably my first large work without any found objects or mixed media base.

Posted to Work at 08:49 on 1 May 2018

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The Decaying Signs

Some film that got damaged after an unfortunate spill last year and turned out far more appropriate than just being a photograph.

Posted to Work at 11:23 on 8 April 2018

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I have a variety of projects that are about halfway done, I should assemble them into some type of B-Side print collection.

Posted to Work at 09:48 on 6 April 2018

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Tuesday Study

Continuing my process by doing weekly studies at Hipbone; this a three-hour single session.

For other new work, I’ve updated the Visual Art gallery with Time Is A Maze.

Posted to Work at 10:36 on 7 March 2018

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For the summer of 2018, I'm working my way through various European cities and towns while practicing more traditional methods of painting. Hopefully I'll be online only to post various scribbles from the road here and at The Post-Local. New & featured projects will return to regular updates in the fall, presuming I return to the States.

Thanks & good luck out there.


Welcome to Distorted Perspective. A brief introduction—

—Colin Smith. Born 1982. Some punk rock kid turned multidisciplinary artist & graphic designer-type. An Alaskan in Oregon by way of New England, Georgia, Texas and California looking for hope in the wind. Working in the various languages of truth, systems and identity.

I create works of assembly. Taking a variety of disparate components in any given medium and attempting to build a cohesive whole, I look to mimic the disorder and confusion our conflicted, human lives end up creating naturally through time. My focus is not to communicate through any single process but rather create a language that translates across aesthetic approach; a message that resonates by any means of interaction.


E-Mail: colin at distorted perspective
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Distorted Perspective was registered in 1999; it has taken many forms since. Work from the project galleries is 2009-2017. All original content is © to Colin Smith. Please link back to work featured on blogs; contact for any other rights to republication.

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