Artist Interview: George L. Smyth

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is George L Smyth and I have been producing serious art for a bit over 20 years.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?

I primarily work with the Bromoil process.  Bromoil is an early 20th century photographic process one where the silver is removed from a traditional darkroom print and replaced with lithographic ink by striking it with an ink-charged brush numerous times.  I use this process because it oftentimes allows for the best interpretation of what I am seeing, and leaves room for the viewer to interpret my print as they wish.

What is your creative process like?
I generally look for scenes that either tell a story or offer mystery.  As I work with traditional darkroom printing as well as a number of alternative photographic processes, I determine which process will best translate my feelings of the scene and then expose and develop the negative to take advantage of that process.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Work with projects, instead of looking for one hit wonders.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
“Not Open” is a print of a building that no longer exists.  I found it interesting in the respect that when this store was abandoned the owner did not even bother to take down the sign announcing that the store was open.  This was the perfect subject for me, it told a story and lent itself to presentation through the Bromoil process.

“Not Open” by George L. Smyth

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far ?
I enjoy working at Artomatic.  It gives me the ability to look at others’ work and speak with the people who have come to experience the art.

What is your website (or other method of contact): 
I have a website for my Bromoil prints, another for my general photographic work, and a blog:, and

You can see more of George’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the forth floor, space 7-116.