Creepy or Provocative? Paintings of Little Boys Smoking

They are immaculately dressed in silks and furs, young and glaring from the paintings with big, precocious eyes… and they’re all smoking cigarettes. Artist Nir Hod paints his “longtime fascination with beauty and loneliness, glamour, and death” as a series of unsettling portraits that we just can’t look away from. With a warped, aristocratic upturn of the eyebrow, these boys, toddlers and the occasional gent are full of personality and “eerie self-possession.” Hod’s first solo exhibit Genius is open now the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Here are our favorite works.

Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery