Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Painters
10. T. Smith
Courtesy of T. Smith The Waiting Room No. 2
Recently named to the Houston Press 100 Creatives, T. Smith is a former Hunting Art Prize finalist. Influenced by surrealism, Smith first photographs individual elements such as a mannequin, a garden, a gravestone. Smith draws on a huge collection of photos assembled over several years and eventually pairs elements which can be paired visually, though not always narratively. The painting seen above, The Waiting Room No. 2, is from a series Smith recently completed and showed at the JoMar Visions, Hardy & Nance Studios.
9. Lillian Warren
Courtesy of Lillian Warren
We like Lillian Warren's delicate paintings, especially the work from her Waitscapes series. Prompted by yet one more afternoon sitting in Galleria-area traffic, Warren noticed everyone was moving and waiting at the same time. "I was driving back from the Galleria area, traffic was thick, I was annoyed," she told Houston Press writer Meredith Deliso in 2012. Then it hit me. I saw this long, multi-level snake of cars winding through space and time, everyone sealed in a personal cocoon, all of us trapped in no man's land, unwilling but docile participants in this insane experience. Well, after that I had to see if I could capture something of that feeling and that visual impact."
Coming in at No. 8 on this list is Shelbi-Nicole, one of the youngest and most exciting painters working in the city today. "Bold" doesn't quite capture her style. We think "brazen" is a better description.
She's a prolific painter and counts among her collectors a man who commissioned her to create enough art to fill his entire house as well as several public art projects. Shelbi-Nicole has been profiled in the Houston Press 100 Creatives series and is an Artopia alum.
Shelbi-Nicole has a group show with friends Dandee Warhol and Daniel Anguilu planned for later this year.
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