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COLLAGES BY “PUNK ART SURREALIST” WINSTON SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Punk Art Surrealist, Bay Area artist, Winston Smith has been making his thought-provoking surrealist collages since the 1970s. Smith left the U.S. in 1969 to study art in Italy and experienced “a massive case of culture shock” upon his return. Struck by the profound social changes that had occurred during his absence, he began taking “safe” images from magazines to create politically-charged works of art.

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To Smith, punk was more an art movement than it was a music movement, and the art and the music went hand-in-hand. His chaotic sense of surrealism and simplicity in collage perfectly mixed with the political folly of punk bands of the time, and his work that blazed their albums and gig flyers would eventually inspire a generation of artists.

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