Born in America (1952), Winston Smith is a contemporary surrealist montage artist who adopted his name from the protagonist in George Orwell’s novel 1984. Through his works, among other things, he builds upon the rich traditions of Dadaism and early Surrealism with artworks that predominantly relate to topical issues of the past and present, exploring subjects like politics, capitalism, consumerism, religion, individualism, and convenience to name just a few.
In support of a strong visual identity, which clearly is his unquestionable style, Smith sources much of his material from magazines and other documents published before or during World War II, which results in the bulk of his works featuring the unique, visually stimulating photo-realistic illustrations commonly found within these dated publications. As a sign of his character and purpose, too, Smith's corruption of once innocuous imagery represents his tongue-in-cheek attitude, a clever sense of humour, and a provocative protest against misguided social opinions.
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