Joshua Smith is an Australian artist specializing in miniatures and stencil art. Taking inspiration from decaying areas of cities — where buildings tend to exhibit infiltration, worn and dirty paint, corroded parget, oxidized metals, and graffiti –, Joshua accurately reproduces every detail in his works, including cigarette butts, garbage bags in the street, chewing gum tacked to the sidewalk, torn posters and dry leaves blown in by the wind. The artist has more than 150 exhibitions in his curriculum, mostly in Australia, but also in cities in other countries such as New York, London, Paris, and Berlin.
I have been fascinated with miniatures and modelmaking ever since I was little and can remember making miniature things out of cardboard boxes ever since I was very young. (…) The city, especially Melbourne [inspires me]. I live for the grime. I love alleyways filled with rubbish, grime and rust especially around the Chinatown precinct. To me, the grime and decay of old buildings really makes it for me and I think it tells more of a story and history than a clean pristine building. (…) I think the most challenging thing is working out what to make certain things from. This is one of the main reasons I love doing miniature work so much; I love a challenge and the problem-solving skills that come with trying to figure out how to get miniatures to look realistic.Joshua Smith