Works are categorized by theme and relevance: "Where's The Love", "Politics As Usual", and "Get Inspired".
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WHERE'S THE LOVE?
Artwork inspired by matters of the heart: relationships, love, and appreciation.
"Playa" (He Got Game) 2018
Companion piece to the previously released "She Played Me", "Playa" represents the wayward man, immaturely playing games as he struggles to find out who he is and how to love. Digital Painting by James "Slim" Smith 2018
"Text Me Back" 2017
Alternate title: "The Lost Art of Intimate Communication"... It's funny how the very device that gives us immediate access to anything we can imagine can be the same device that alienates us from the things that we desire most.
"She Played Me" (She Got Game) 2017
The old adage: "Life's a b&@€*!!" as some would say... if that's the case, don't get played.... " This piece is clearly representative of a male perspective. "She played me." Words of a man who's been used, taken advantage of, or fooled. His perspective is essentially one sided and because of his natural ego, she has to be full of "game". How else could she have gotten over on him? Digital Painting by James "Slim" Smith 2017
"Undress Your Heart" 2017
"It's easy to take your clothes off... but can you undress your heart?" This piece is based on an article by Bashea Williams ...The concept itself is thought provoking, asking why is it that so many are willing to get undressed physically while keeping our hearts and feelings under wraps. The piece is self explanatory, but has deeper meaning when viewing the posture of the undressed couple in romantic embrace, while their fully dressed hearts appear disinterested in the matter.
"Dressed Up Hearts" 2017
"It's easy to take your clothes off... but can you undress your heart?" This is a spin off of the original "Undress Your Heart" piece based on an article by Bashea Williams ...The concept itself is thought provoking, asking why is it that so many are willing to get undressed physically while keeping our hearts and feelings under wraps. The posture of the fully dressed hearts gives a sense of pride and resentment towards one another.
"Celebration of a Confident Woman"
In a world that gives her so many reasons to feel insecure, a confident woman must be celebrated.
"Piece of My Love" 2016
There are many perspectives, all depending on the viewer and which character(s) they relate to... The piece is made specifically to explore so many different angles. What do you see?
Symbiosis (noun): The interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. He's stubborn but grounded. She's fluid but drowning. They need each other to balance and survive but trust is the key.
POLITICS AS USUAL
Artwork inspired by matters of politics: justice, social morality, and civil liberties.
"Uncle Sammy & the Underground R..."
Slim Smith's take on political icon, "Uncle Sam", continues as the character is found front and center in "Uncle Sammy & the Underground Railroad". Acrylic on Canvas. 2018 It's no secret that this great country was built on the back of the slave trade. In fact, some feel that slavery is still alive and well in America, replaced by a staggering incarceration rate, fueling several government programs and cheap industrial labor.
"We're All Made of Wax" 2017
Alternate Titles: ("Color Wars"/"Divide & Conquer") Simply put, this is what we look like when we allow ourselves to be separated by the labels that we have been given. Several hidden messages in this piece ranging from the weaponry to the books in the background.
"The Trap" 2016
We have to come to grips with the fact that the enforcement of our legal system involves the "human element"... leaving it open to all of our inherent flaws and vulnerabilities. This means bias, prejudice, fear, intimidation, and hate cannot be ruled out. With that said, why wouldn't those responsible for the implementation of our law be scrutinized and held accountable when they fall short of our expectations? Or could it be that our expectations are not aligned with those "in power"?
"POTUS" (The Many Faced god) 2017
In short, this piece could be summed up as "Game of Thrones" meets "The Manchurian Candidate"... but as some may view it, it's the "same book, different cover"... One must ask, "Is the most powerful seat in the 'free world' really the stage for one man or is he just a figurehead for those that he answers to?" 🤔
"Organized Distractions" 2016
Inspired by the most widely form of disseminating information: the "smart" phone... Just a reminder: All of our #knowledge and intellect can't come from what we pick up scrolling through our social media feeds. They call it a "feed" for a reason.
"Rough Week for Uncle Sammy" 2016
"I Want It ALL" 2007
A satirical play on James Montgomery Flagg's iconic "Uncle Same Wants You" poster from 1917, "I Want It ALL" is Uncle Sammy's debut appearance in what would become one of many political pieces created by James Slim Smith.
Artwork that inspires or draws on inspirational concepts, thoughts, or feeling.
They say we can only believe half of what we see and half of what we hear... but how do we determine which half to trust? 🤔
Even the best of us fall short of the mark at some point. Don't be discouraged. It's all part of the journey.
Don't know where he's going... or coming from... but he doesn't seem bothered either way.