This original mixed media painting by Columbus folk artist Grandpa Smoky Brown depicts a stylized portrait of a mustachioed man bearing the name “Frank” across a sparsely painted hat, with toothy figures looming in the background. A colleague of fellow Columbus legend, Aminah Robinson, Brown often used found materials to create his masterpieces, such as the broken picture frame and discarded packing tape used in this piece. Prominently signed on its front by the artist, this painting is dated to 1993 and offers a unique piece of Columbus, Ohio art history to the collection.
About the Artist:
Grandpa Smoky Brown (1919-2005) was an enigmatic folk artist from Dayton, Ohio who valued art and service to his Columbus community. Larger than life, Smoky was a storyteller and wove his stories into his paintings. Smoky Brown created art because he enjoyed it, and did not pursue a larger platform past his regional recognition. He regularly played with materials and methodology due to necessity, but his inventiveness only fueled his process and drive.
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