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Sweet Smog Children by W.B. Livingston

This painting is one in my Sweet Smog Children series, named after a song by the band Smog. I wanted to do some work that was half-painted, half-sculpted and super creepy in the vein of Francis Bacon and David Lynch. These are figures that speak of inner-torment and pain.

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W.B. Livingston

W.B. Livingston is an artist who takes his inspiration from music. “I have been completely consumed with music my entire life. I have gone through so many years of my life where the only thing I wanted to do was sit in a room, drink whiskey, listen to records and cry,” he wrote. “And, as the nights would wear on, I would always end up painting.” He loves working with art supplies, but he finds them unnecessary. He draws in the dirt, smears toothpaste on cardboard, makes paint out of instant coffee and bribes the paint crews for whatever he can get. He is currently incarcerated in Oklahoma. Instagram: @prisonart6.