Australian stencil and miniature sculpture artist, Joshua Smith has started to gain worldwide attention for his 1:20 scale sculptures and one in particular of the “23 Temple Street” building in Hong Kong. His miniature works focus on various aspects of the urban environment that are often overlooked including graffiti, deterioration, rust, dirt, trash, grime and many other small details that make his sculptures extremely realistic. Smith's work has been showcased in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Japan, all over Australia in over 100 exhibitions and currently has works being showcased in Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York and at the VOLTA Art Fair in New York City. We caught up with the urban sculptor to ask him about his projects, exhibitions and all time favorite artist. 

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TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
JS:
I am a self taught miniaturist who lives in Norwood, South Australia. I have been scratch building miniature Urban Landscapes for just under 2 years.

TH: How did you get into miniature sculptures from being a stencil artist?
JS: I was a stencil artist for 15 years while also running an art gallery for 4 years. After the gallery closed 2 years ago I wanted to work in a new direction, so I started creating the miniature sculptures to do something a bit different. In 2 years it has really evolved and I have shown them in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)  

 

TH: How do you choose the buildings you recreate?
JS: I create buildings which are usually in a state of decay or neglect that I find visually interesting. Often the buildings I choose to recreate are under threat of being demolished to make way for redevelopment. 

TH: How long did it take you to make “23 Temple Street”?
JS: 23 Temple Street which is based on the location of the same name in Kowloon, Hong Kong took 3 months to complete working 8-16 hour days, 6-7 days a week. 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

 

TH: Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or planning on doing?
JS:  I am currently working on some new work for the Wonderwalls festival taking place in Port Adelaide, Australia next month. I am also working towards an exhibition in Hong Kong later in the year. 

TH: Can you tell us a bit about the Houston Art Asylum?
JS: I wish I knew more details myself! It is an exhibition called "Lil Things Poppin and Everything Mini" which takes place at the Houston Art Asylum in Houston, Texas on April 7 and 8. It features well over 100 graffiti artists. 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

 

TH: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from the past, who would that be?
JS: I would have to say Christopher Lee, one of my favourite film actors. He starred in so many of my favourite movies and would have led an interesting and exciting life.

TH: Favorite artist of all time?
JS: This is a tough one! I would have to say Jennifer Allnutt who is an oil painter from Melbourne. I really love her works!

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

 

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Photograph by Andrew Beveridge (ASBCreative.com)

Learn more about Joshua Smith on: Facebook, Instagram and his Website.