Preston M. Smith (PMS Artwork) Preston M. Smith (PMS Artwork) Artisan
1837 Midvale Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Preston M. Smith (PMS Artwork)


Artist Preston M. Smith (PMS) found himself cross-eyed and with no depth perception as a child. This was the "lens" through which he developed his unique visual perspective of the world, which he now shares as a painter. Graduating from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art/Theater Arts, Preston then moved to Los Angeles where he has since worked for over a decade as a fine artist. Preston’s work can best be categorized as having a mixture of both abstract and figurative styles, many times within the same piece. His colors are bold and his figures tend to be moody, with eyes being a major focal point. Preston’s work has been showcased alongside David Lynch and at the Inaugural Purple Ball for President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009, where he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of the President. His work was recently part of "Laluzapalooza" and the "Coaster Show" at the world famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery and he also completed and auctioned off a live painting for a celebrity fundraiser for the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation. His work is currently showing at the Beyond The Lines Gallery in Bergamot Station and his work is in private collections around the world as well in the homes of celebrities such as Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Josh Lucas, and so forth.

My Artist Statement

Through my artwork, I am mainly interested in exploring the existential experience of the human being. I find myself constantly infatuated by “scenes”, almost “freeze-frames” of the human experience, ranging from the ordinary to those bordering on insanity. I am not concerned with adhering to specific genres that exist in art. I prefer not to limit my creative expression and this is why many times my work is purely abstract, while other times it surfaces as more representational or even an amalgamation of the two. My mantra for abstraction is beauty, color and texture. My work focuses on and is an expression of the human condition, incorporating feelings of confusion, suffering, depression, wonder, nostalgia, empathy, happiness, and so on. All of this is filtered through my own unique experience as an artist and human being. I keep myself constantly inspired by surrounding myself with music, literature, movies, and by cultivating my own everyday experiences. I use all of these elements to access the present moment, where all true creativity flows from, and which allows ideas to adapt and evolve. This is what feeds my art and helps it grow and change with every passing day and moment.

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I am located in Los Angeles, CA.

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