Personal Mythologies Explore the Banal & Bizarre

Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out.

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Especially in his series Personal Mythology, paintings seem to touch on feelings of doubt and divergences within a personality, giving rise to a quiet search for resolution, perhaps found in a greater sense of identity. What is it to have two versions of yourself? To see yourself as both large and small, or another creature entirely?

The Sydney-based artist has been receiving awards around his native Australia and also seen the completion of numerous successful shows around the world. See more of his work here.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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