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This painting, part of a series, was inspired by the artist's visit to a Czech Republic ossuary built almost entirely from human bones. Smit found himself staring at the pyramids of expressionless skulls, unable to empathize with the scale of suffering—until it occurred to the artist that one of those skulls was possibly the town baker.
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① Artwork:

Unreliable Narrator

This painting, part of a series, was inspired by the artist's visit to a Czech Republic ossuary built almost entirely from human bones. Smit found himself staring at the pyramids of expressionless skulls, unable to empathize with the scale of suffering. Then, it occurred to the artist that one of those skulls was possibly the town baker. Smit began imagining how each of these unlucky plague victims had had arguments with landlords, love affairs and heartbreaks. Some were lazy, some worked hard, some were cheery and some difficult to be around. Thirty years later, Smit drew from the experience of this visit to create a series of works—which was eventually collected into a monograph called A Mountain of Skulls (and not one I recognize).

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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16 inches
15 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:
Unreliable Narrator, 2019
Watercolor, gouache and ink on paper
15.0 × 16.0 inches /