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Ian Smith: capstone




Smith, Ian, artist

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The artist's statement: Throughout my years here at CSU, I have been exposed to many varying forms of contemporary art. The work I have created reflects my appreciation for art history and shows my understanding of the impact that various movements continue to have on art today. Dadaism, Cubism, Surrealism, Art Nouveau, High Renaissance, and Neo-Dada are all movements that I like to draw inspiration from in my work. From an early age I was initially drawn to the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso for their surreal imagery and their escape from visual norms. Based on my studies of art history here at CSU, I came to love the works by artists such as Rene Magritte, Georges Braque, Joan Miro, Alphonse Mucha, Raphael, Georgia O'Keeffe and Robert Rauschenberg. As far as contemporary graphic design goes, my idols include Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Shigeo Fukuda, and Leonardo Sonnoli. The illustrations I have created are all reminiscent of a personal style I am attempting to create using primarily pencil and ink for medium combined with the various styles mentioned above. My typographic layouts are structured and employ the use of keen organization and hierarchy. Overall, I would say that my work is more on the illustration side of the graphic design world and I would like to continue pushing my self towards becoming an illustrator for posters, books, editorials, etc. The work I enjoy making the most are drawings that reflect my personality while also effectively symbolizing the subject I am depicting. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CSU and specifically would like to thank Phil Risbeck, John Gravdahl, Eli Hall, Marius Lehene, Michael Fenton, and Ajean Ryan for pushing me to create works that became progressively more meaningful and important to contemporary art and my psyche.


Colorado State University Art Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement and images of artist's works.

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