Painter, Philanthropist, and Porn Star Zak Smith

Sascha, acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

Zak Smith's life and art is full of unexpected twists. He was born in Syracuse New York in 1976 and had a traditional art education--a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale. He did a project to illustrate every page of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, and Smith's work was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. But in 2006 under the name Zak Sabbath he starred in a porn film called Barbed Wire Kiss and created 100 paintings and drawings about the experience. He went on to donate most of his profits to activist groups including Food Not Bombs. Smith's life could overshadow his art work, except the man can paint. And draw. And create. He is a prolific artist and his work is amazing. But don't take my word, have a look for yourself.
Sascha, acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

Sascha, acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

 

Charlie, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Charlie, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Specter, Drawing by Zak Smith

Specter, Drawing by Zak Smith

 

Xian, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Xian, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Bella, Acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

Bella, Acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

 

V in the Corner with a Stuffed Rabbit, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

V in the Corner with a Stuffed Rabbit, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Amber, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Amber, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Temper, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Temper, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Moshpit, Drawing by Zak Smith

Moshpit, Drawing by Zak Smith

 

Aprella, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Aprella, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Voltaire, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Voltaire, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Sawa, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

Sawa, Acrylic painting by Zak Smith

 

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 75, Schwarzkommando

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 75, Schwarzkommando

 

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 84, ...Infant Tyrone

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 84, ...Infant Tyrone

 

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 87, The planes drone along...their own color matching certain degrees of cloud

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 87, The planes drone along...their own color matching certain degrees of cloud

 

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 536, He beams at Katji, a sunburst in primary colors spiking out from his head

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 536, He beams at Katji, a sunburst in primary colors spiking out from his head

 

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 636, Mexico do come down off the table won't you

Zak Smith's Illustrations for each page of Gravity's Rainbow, page 636, Mexico do come down off the table won't you

 

Accurate (self portrait), Acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

Accurate (self portrait), Acrylic and metallic ink, by Zak Smith

 

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