X Austin Smith is a mixed media artist living in New York City. Originally from Detroit, Austin studied Print Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before making New York City his home in 2017.

Coupling print making with an exploratory immersion into New York City nightlife, Austin started using himself as a canvas of his personal artistic expression, creating a strong vehicle to his art via social media under the name Empty Pools.

His portraiture is a collection of make-up, facial prosthesis, objets trouvés, glass and metal work - a nod to fantastical darkness. It is revealing, public and personal. His performance with metal accessorizing eventually led him to design his own jewelry pieces.

Through sharing the creative process of confronting his own inner layers and putting them out for all to see, Austin was able to able to connect with himself. His jewelry collection invites others into his world.
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Austin JamesSmith Unveils 'OASIS'

In a dazzling stride of creativity, Austin James Smith reveals his eighth opulent jewelry collection, aptly named 'OASIS.' Departing from the industrial aesthetics that defined the preceding 'UTOPIA' collection, 'OASIS' takes a more sculptural approach, introducing an amalgamation of organic design elements that flow with an unprecedented grace.

Contrasting sharply with the mechanical sensibilities of its forerunner, 'OASIS' explores a new narrative with its sinuous contours and fluid motifs. While the hallmark blend of mixed metals continues to grace this collection as it has in previous works, the true innovation lies in the intricate raised lava lamp pattern that adorns each piece.

X Drawing from a visual lexicon of serpentine elegance and entwining tendrils, 'OASIS' perpetuates the signature audacious edge that the Austin James Smith brand is esteemed for. Yet, amidst these familiar motifs, the 'OASIS' collection masterfully infuses a novel air of refinement and sculptural finesse.

At the crux of Austin James Smith's creative voyage lies the symbiotic interplay of identity and accoutrement—a cardinal principle that has perennially guided the birth of each collection. 'OASIS' emerges as an embodiment of Austin's personal evolution, seamlessly translating his growth into a tangible visual narrative. The collection pulls inspiration from the harsh nature of the desert, as well as one's ability to find peace and abundance even in the most unforgiving environments.

Emanating an aura of spiraling vitality, the collection itself stands as an allegory for life's inexorable transformations. The 'OASIS' motif resonates as a testament to humanity's capacity to not only endure, but embrace the ebb and flow of existence. Through trials and triumphs, the 'OASIS' collection stands as a beacon, encapsulating the essence of fortitude amidst life's kaleidoscopic journey.
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