Painting

Geoffrey Todd Smith's Visually Confounding and Colorfully Explosive Compositions

April 03, 2017

Geoffrey Todd Smith employs seemingly simple structures in his vivid, intensely patterned abstract paintings. Common geometric elements – circles, ellipses, ovals and dots – inhabit a tight grid in visually confounding and colorfully explosive compositions.

Given the geometry and precision in his work, Smith’s paintings are often mistaken for digital prints when seen at a distance, yet they are all painted freehand; nothing is taped off. Larger shapes are filled in with gouache or enamel paint; linear elements and patterns are hand-drawn with archival gel pens. Teetering between order and disorder, Smith invites the viewer to consider beauty and dissonance simultaneously.