The erotic work by Nick Smith comes with a clever twist. Using graded color paint chips, his images, at first, appear blurry and pixelated. It’s hard not to feel agitated when looking at them. But then, the eyes begin slowly adjusting, leaving us with a splendid view of the nude female form. The work reminds us a little of the popular 1980’s pixelated art as Nick Smith mixes both porn and prose.
Nick Smith Paramour
London’s Lawrence Alkin gallery recently exhibited Paramour, a provocative, erotic art series created by Nick Smith. Using Pantone® styled color paint chips, Smith fashions them together along with words and text from Shakespeare. The images are accompanied by flowing text where the number of words equals the total of color chips.
Nick Smith says he enjoys reconnecting classical and romantic literature with images associated with desire and love. The text from Shakespeare’s sonnets or romantic novels is added with imagery Smith photographs himself. Much of the work is trial and error and can takes days of arranging the color chips and applying them onto paper. He works until an image comes into focus. Getting the right crop and showing just enough information without overstimulating the viewer is the most challenging part in putting the work together.
In a world of erotic art, Smith’s elegant approach helps stir the imagination. Nick Smith acknowledges there is a fine line between erotic and pornographic. He wants the viewer to see what is hiding within the text, where different words and phrases describe more satisfying sex.
See more work by the artist here.4