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The artist has always been fascinated by gag cartoons, believing that the form should be viewed as culturally equal to paintings. During the pandemic lockdown, Smit began working on his own gag cartoons with the ultimate goal of creating paintings based on the most successful of these works.
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① Artwork:

I’ve Come For the Artist with the Soul of a Shopkeeper

The artist was traumatized at the age of eight by a particularly dark Reginald Marsh cartoon that he found in his grandparent’s The New Yorker cartoon anthology. Since this encounter, the artist has always been fascinated by the form, believing that gag cartoons should be viewed as culturally equal to paintings. During the pandemic lockdown, Smit began working on his own gag cartoons with the ultimate goal of creating paintings based on the most successful of these works. In February of 2022, The New Yorker began printing the artist's cartoons.

Guy Richards Smit’s deeply observant work traverses a wide range of cultural forms to explore themes of narcissism, desire, power and failure. The artist's work combines cultural and philosophical commentary with a fascination for pop music, rock operas and comic books. Smit's work employs a keen eye and a mordant wit to explore the memento mori of late medieval life, as well as sitcoms and gag cartoons.
Writing in The New York Times, Roberta Smith called Smit’s work: “A tour de force that showcases his considerable talents for satire, stand-up, endurance art and painting.”

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39 inches
49 inches

③ Artist:

Guy Richards Smit

Guy Richards Smit’s deeply observant work explores themes of narcissism, desire, power and failure. Traversing a wide range of cultural forms, the artist weaves cultural and philosophical commentary into his fascination with pop music, rock operas and comic books. Sometimes working as a cartoonist, Smit’s work employs trenchant political observation, mordant wit and a keen eye in their examination of the memento mori and the sitcom.

Guy Richards Smit:
I’ve Come For the Artist with the Soul of a Shopkeeper, 2022
Acrylic and oil on canvas
49.0 × 39.0 inches /