‘Ourselves Unseen 2017’ is a Giclée Print by contemporary artist Nick Smith. Printed onto 300gsm Somerset Satin Paper and finished with screen printed gloss varnish over colour blocks, the piece is from a limited edition of 99 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Pioneering contemporary artist Nick Smith works in the most unlikely of mediums: using only the humble Colour Chip swatch and clever colour theory, Smith recreates iconic artworks, from Warhol’s Marilyn to Hockney’s ‘Bigger Splash’.
‘Ourselves Unseen 2017’ depicts a large pair of naked breasts, created using only little squares of colour swatches. Under each swatch is a single word, as though descriptive of the colour, yet closer examination reveals that Smith has lifted a section of the text of John Cleland’s infamous, eighteenth century, pornographic novel, Fanny Hill.
The juxtaposition of past and present, through the use of digital technique, marks a turning point in contemporary art practice: with its stylised Pop aesthetic, loaded with the same conceptual depth and innovation of technique, Smith is surely the Warhol of our time.