Details:

This artwork, made with colored pencil on paper, is an imagined landscape that defies the very parameters of reality. Borrowing compositional structures from role-play games, "Architectural Digest" spreads, pleasure gardens, and Mormon temple rituals, the artist often constructs fantastical environments with a superior force in mind.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Slide

This artwork, made with pen on paper, is an imagined landscape that pushes beyond the boundaries of reality. Having grown up in the Mormon Church, the artist often constructs fantastical environments with a superior force in mind.

Inspired by a child’s plastic slide, this image features a temple-cum-amusement park centered around an ancient-looking slide meant for adults. The artist meticulously renders details—from enormous, leafy weeds to ceremonial wall ornaments and vases—across the page to disorient the viewer’s sense of space. As in many of the artist’s drawings, this image blends multiple realities of the artist’s life in the American West to create a dreamlike scenario.

Smith’s elaborate visual style draws from the study of master printmakers, Persian Miniature painting, Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Where’s Waldo, and indie comics. Having grown up as a Mormon in the conservative state of Utah, Smith ultimately creates his wondrously imagined worlds as a way to escape.

Specs:

30 inches
22 inches

③ Artist:

Casey Jex Smith

Casey Jex Smith (b.1976) creates intricate and fantastical landscape drawings with pen, graphite, and colored pencil. He constructs his environments with a superior force in mind, one that manipulates the human figure via sensual pleasures and patterns to create meaning. Smith’s elaborate visual style draws from the study of master printmakers, Persian Miniature painting, Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Where’s Waldo, and indie comics, borrowing compositional structures from role-play games, Architectural Digest spreads, pleasure gardens, and Mormon temple rituals. Having grown up as a Mormon in the conservative state of Utah, Smith ultimately creates his wondrously imagined worlds as a way to escape.

Casey Jex Smith:
Slide, 2022
Pen on paper
22.0 × 30.0 inches /