Smoking previews: Aaron Kasmin, Lucky Strike @sims_reed

Opening Sims Reed Gallery’s 2016 programme is an exhibition of chalk pencil drawings by artist Aaron Yasmin.

Known for his abstract paintings and elegant colour pencil drawings, in Lucky Strike Yasmin takes inspiration from American cultural history to create a series of striking images.

Taking inspiration from Lion Match Company’s mid-twentieth century feature matchbooks, these drawings reflect the rise of America’s consumer culture and how small matchbooks were used as tools to influence purchasing habits.

The drawings evoke a glitzy bygone era... When smoking was so glamorous.

Aaron Kasmin was born in London in 1963 and studied at Chelsea School of Art. Known for his still-life drawings and abstract paintings, Kasmin is intrigued by the concepts of composition, scale, size and colour.

The exhibiton runs at Sims Reed Gallery through to 5 February.

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