* ARCHIVE | 40 Images
These images fall into two bodies of work.  The first images belong to a body of work called Fellmonger and the second body of work is called Pulling Cows.

Fellmonger
I.     I imagined a shape, or perhaps I saw a shape and it reminded me of a cloud or perhaps it was a cloud.  Or it was the shape of a cloud in a cow painting and then it was the body of a cow and then it was just a body and then it was a stomach.  I harpooned that shape many times and then that shape sprouted flowers.  It was as if it had gone through a process of change, which it had, and the original idea reasserted itself.

II.     I don’t like the look of that. I don’t like the look of that at all.

III.    This is an abomination.

Pulling Cows

Mimicking the shape of the background treeless hills and employing a palette of meaty pinks, reds, and browns, three large blind cows in dramatic shadow march briskly and ungainly across the canvas from left to right into a vaguely described pool of grayish-blue water.  Another set of three cows, up to their shoulders in the distant stagnant muck, sit unmoving, side by side by side.

 
Smith’s powerfully emotive subjects appear still and singular or in groups that are in the middle of some habitual migration.  Sometimes limbless, and often heavily textured, the representational images abstract and disintegrate awkwardly into their surroundings or expressively appear in illogical combinations of udder, face, and flank.  Scraped and pathetic, drippy and flat, these cows, and in recent works, birds, and men move through their world toward a distant and unrecognizable goal.  They are, of course, stand-ins for humanity as we traipse here and there on daily (or life-long) quests to find food, sex, shelter, or freedom.  Should we be depressed or empowered by this realization?

 

Brandon C. Smith’s uncomfortably epic paintings uniquely undermine iconic images of animal and land.  It is this tension that propels these perplexing works and keeps them at the forefront of one’s consideration.

                                    -Travis Townsend

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Breaching, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Breaching, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Slippage, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Slippage, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Flower Pod, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Flower Pod, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Stilted, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Stilted, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Tied Water Pods, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Tied Water Pods, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40
Conjoined, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 31
Conjoined, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 31
Meat Pod #2, Oil on shaped panel, 48 x 70
Meat Pod #2, Oil on shaped panel, 48 x 70
Fat Pod and Pink Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky decal, 48 x 60, 36 x 56
Fat Pod and Pink Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky decal, 48 x 60, 36 x 56
Blue Pod with Rider, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 100 x 60
Blue Pod with Rider, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 100 x 60
Liver Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 60 x 48
Liver Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 60 x 48
Blue Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 36 x 70
Blue Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 36 x 70
Pink Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 62 x 42
Pink Tongue, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 62 x 42
Meat Pod and Yellow Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 80 x 60, 60 x 60
Meat Pod and Yellow Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 80 x 60, 60 x 60
Meat Pod #1, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 80 x 60
Meat Pod #1, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 80 x 60
Yellow Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 60 x 60
Yellow Pod, Acrylic on Sticky Decal, 60 x 60
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Exodus, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, clay cows, variable
Sprouting, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, 12 x 18 x 9
Sprouting, mixed media: paper mache, acrylic paint, 12 x 18 x 9
Sprouting - Framed, paper mache, acrylic paint, 48 x 48 x 9
Sprouting - Framed, paper mache, acrylic paint, 48 x 48 x 9
Cow With a Blue Drip, Oil and Acrylic on Panel, 40 x 28 - SOLD
Cow With a Blue Drip, Oil and Acrylic on Panel, 40 x 28 - SOLD
The Chase Day One, Oil on Canvas, 38 x 30 -SOLD
The Chase Day One, Oil on Canvas, 38 x 30 -SOLD
Red Cow-Green Pool, Oil on Panel, 22 x 30 - SOLD
Red Cow-Green Pool, Oil on Panel, 22 x 30 - SOLD
The Herd with Redwing Blackbird, Oil on Panel, 50 x 36 - SOLD
The Herd with Redwing Blackbird, Oil on Panel, 50 x 36 - SOLD
Harpooned Cow with Redwing Blackbird #2, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 60, SOLD
Harpooned Cow with Redwing Blackbird #2, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 60, SOLD
Cow Traveling Under a Drippy Sky, Oil and Acrylic on Panel, 24 x 48
Cow Traveling Under a Drippy Sky, Oil and Acrylic on Panel, 24 x 48
The Chase Day One: Malicious Intelligence, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 60
The Chase Day One: Malicious Intelligence, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 60
Cow #37, Oil on Panel, 48 x 72
Cow #37, Oil on Panel, 48 x 72
The Chase Day One: Passage, Oil on Canvas, 22 x 28
The Chase Day One: Passage, Oil on Canvas, 22 x 28
Fleecy Foam, Oil on Canvas, 28 x 22
Fleecy Foam, Oil on Canvas, 28 x 22
Three Cows in a Blue Pond, Oil on Panel, 48 x 48
Three Cows in a Blue Pond, Oil on Panel, 48 x 48
Traveling Cow, Oil on Panel, 36 x 36
Traveling Cow, Oil on Panel, 36 x 36
Staring Cow with a Rope, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 28
Staring Cow with a Rope, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 28
The Chase Day One: Flagstaff, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 36
The Chase Day One: Flagstaff, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 36
The Chase Day One: Bright Bubbles Arose, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 36
The Chase Day One: Bright Bubbles Arose, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 36
After Turner, Oil on Panel, 40 x 38
After Turner, Oil on Panel, 40 x 38
Monolith, Oil on Canvas, 32 x 29
Monolith, Oil on Canvas, 32 x 29
Harpooned Cow #3, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 18
Harpooned Cow #3, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 18
Dripping Cows, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 57 x 48
Dripping Cows, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 57 x 48