Fort Lauderdale based artist, Bryin Smoot, was recently inspired to do a series of gay pride paintings after moving to the festive downtown Wilton Manors area. He wanted to create pieces that symbolize unity, pride, and love within the LGBTQ community. Bryin works mostly with acrylic and occasionally oil.
Bryin was born in Mesa, Arizona, and is the middle child of three. His father worked with missile tracking systems so the family moved quite often. Bryin learned quickly how to adapt to new environments and embraced seeing the world and meeting new interesting people with diverse backgrounds. His family lived in the Marshall Islands during his formative years and it was a positive experience for the whole family. His artwork is heavily influenced by those magical years living on Kwajalein.
Bryin's background as an advertising art director and a successful makeup artist shows his passion for beauty and eye-catching compositions. Bryin recently sold his painting Lifting Lethabo at the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago; it's a painting he's very proud of.