Artist Steve Smock’s muse is the bicycle—a narrative that can be found throughout the body of work he’s created over the past decade.
“Cycling was never a narrative in my artwork, but it became the sole narrative when I really began to think artistically about the cycling culture itself and its value in society,” Smock says.
It’s about form that’s functional. It’s about the beauty in geometry. It’s about social responsibility. It’s about the most efficient machine ever created.
Smock's art has covered much stylistic ground over the years. What began as a practice of rendering bike parts in photorealism—photographic, illustrative, almost technical in precision—evolved into more impressionistic paintings that had more movement and atmosphere.
After an accident injured tendons in his painting hand, Smock had to begin using a brace system, where he places his hand on a movable board he built. The actionable impressionistic paintings in his portfolio became more difficult to render, so he has evolved to create more minimalistic and abstract art. By reducing familiar elements of the bike, his new work doesn’t point directly back to bikes or bike parts. But something familiar remains.
Find out more about the artist at Steve Smock's portfolio website.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.