Politics, class struggle and history meld with the personal and autobiographical in Paul Anthony Smith's fantastically rendered and embellished portraits of his native Jamaica. With particular focus on anonymous citizens such as airport workers, Smith's works celebrate and pay homage to the oft overlooked. His picotage-like images are created by picking away at the surface material of photographic prints to create textures that echo tribal masks and scarification and create a near irridescent effect.
Smith's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, with recent solo shows at Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia and Zieher Smith & Horton in Milan. He is numerous collections both private and public, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.