Saturday, August 4, 2012
Sam Smith: Tigers, Harpies, Centaurs And A Packet of Crisps
Sam Smith (1908-1983) created characters of startling personality, based on enduring types (e.g., the Harpy, the Bareback Rider, the Steamboat Captain), showed us small worlds that opened endlessly inwards.
Like all true artists, Smith generates in his audience the urge to create as well--in my case, to create stories based on the whimsical people he sculpted and the eccentric toys he made. I have for years built narratives around his mock-solemn, gently skewed, brightly lacquered creatures. His sculptures are vignettes captured mid-stride...but where are they going, and why?
For more on Smith, click here.