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Doug Smithenry






By connecting the modern pastime of online browsing and graphic manipulation with the age-old tradition of oil painting, Doug Smithenry creates beautiful, rather disjointed images. Once he finds portraits that capture his attention, he finds a suitable, sometimes slightly odd backdrop for his subjects. This combination of two unrelated photographs makes both appear out-of place. The juxtaposing of images is further stretched and twisted into contortions when Smithenry graphically manipulates the images by running them through a series of filters on the computer. Once he has filtered the images, he then models them into a series of distorted images. The result is a fantastic study of the disjointedness modern man feels pressed between the past and present. Smithenry uses the Internet, a process of filtering on the computer, paired with the ancient study of portraiture as the basis of this tensely intriguing art.