Aurel Schmidt's Dirty Pretty Things

Whitney Biennial sensation Aurel Schmidt is a 27-year-old self-taught artist who finds beauty in old beer cans, cigarette butts, condoms, and other trashy objects.

Aurel Schmidt

Aurel Schmidt

"Peel," 2007

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Sprinkles," 2007

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Sniffy," 2007

pencil, colored pencil on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Stink Face," 2007

pencil, colored pencil on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Sleezy the Snowman," 2008

pencil, colored pencil, glue, baking powder on paper
18" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Musk," 2007

pencil, colored pencil on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"The Ghost of Christmas Past," 2008

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, beer on paper
18" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Maneater," 2007

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Fag," 2007

pencil, colored pencil on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Boo-Boo," 2007

pencil, colored pencil, blood on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Bump Blaster Boogy Man," 2008

pencil, colored pencil, wine on paper
18" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Black Out Booty Call," 2008

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, beer on paper
18" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"You Used to be Alright, What Happened?" 2009

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, blood dirt on paper
31" x 25.5", 2009

Aurel Schmidt

"Dude" and "Bro," 2009

pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
18" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Hair Face," 2006

pencil, color pencil, acrylic on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Fly Face," 2006

pencil, acrylic on paper
15 "x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"Spider Eyes," 2006

pencil, color pencil, acrylic on paper
15" x 15"

Aurel Schmidt

"This Is My Cry For Help"

Aurel Schmidt

"Self Portrait with Various Addictions and Fears of Aging," 2009

colored pencil, pencil, acrylic, beer, coffee, blood, dirt on paper
25.5" x 20"