Won Juror's Award
My "Hands Across Time & Space" acrylic on canvas 36"x44" w/twenty smaller mounted canvases painting won the Juror's Award at the CA State Fair Art Show 2022. The Juror’s Awards is the highest award other than Best in Show.
Juror's Award includes the golden bear and a large rosette ribbon and money
"Hands Across Time & Space" acrylic painting 36"x44" gallery wrap with twenty 6"x6" mounted paintings depicting famous, historic, and/or socially important hands which have changed our world.
On the sides of the smaller canvases, eight additional paintings are viewable if you look down the side of any row.
Note: Michelangelo's David (torso) is hidden within the painting. My trademark.
That is us, Shaleen my amazing wife and I with the Juror's Award Ribbon. The Golden Bear was included
One of the elements of today's media-saturated culture, is the seemingly random and constant display of images that come our way.
While packed with images, Gregory Smith's "Hands Across Time & Space" goes against this prevalent mode of presentation. Even as our landscape is littered with disposable imagery, meant to be passed over, this painting invites continued viewing and returns generous amounts of meaning upon each observation.
Each of the four rows of small canvasses, mounted on the background canvas, present portraits of recognizable people and the gestures that they use and used to communicate their views and ideologies. Ranging from the political to the spiritual, this amounts to a cultural vocabulary. While inviting close ;scrutiny, this painting also rewards the viewer who looks at it from a distance. The almost abstract background coalesces into the universally recognizable images of "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo and the current "love" sign heart made by two hands pressing together - all of this floating in front of the image of our ever-expanding universe.
"Golden Beauties" acrylic painting 16"x20" gallery wrap depicting Sacramento's iconic Tower Bridge and California Poppies (state flower)
"Cosmic Crossing" acrylic painting 16"x20" gallery wrap depicting Sacramento's iconic Tower Bridge. Fantasy element. Buy it.
"Two Towers" acrylic painting 12"x36" gallery wrap depicting Sacramento's iconic Tower Theater and Tower Bridge. Can be hung one of two ways.
My feature length film called Redemption Value is available rent or purchase on Amazon Prime subscribers or at ChristianCinema.com and available FREE on Tubi w/commercials.
I play Doug Reed, a down on his luck, homeless man who find his road to redemption. Please see the preview below.