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.
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① Artwork:

Slumber

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.

In this image, Odysseus, the star of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, lies washed up on a beach after days of being tossed about at sea—and hopes to sleep there forever. This highly-detailed seaside scene features a variety of plants and animals, which all undulate with a hypnotic rhythm.

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:

38 inches
24 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:
Slumber, 2020
Colored pencil on paper
24.0 × 38.0 inches /