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Jack Smith

Still Life With Cherries (1954-55)


Jack Smith was educated at Nether Edge Grammar School, Yorkshire and awarded a scholarship to Sheffield College of Art in 1944-46. He resumed studies at St. Martin's School of Art 1948-50 and at the Royal College of Art, London from 1950-52 under John Minton, Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight.

Smith won first prize at the first John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1956.
He began teaching at Bath Academy, Corsham, Wiltshire in 1950. He also taught at Chelsea School of Art from 1957.

He visited Madrid and Toledo in 1954 and Venice in 1955. He also began regular visits to Mevagissey and Zennor, Cornwall in 1956.

From the Wikipedia

During the 1950s, Smith's early work was in a neo-realist style known as "The Kitchen Sink School" featuring domestic subjects.

In the 1960s Smith abandoned realism and adopted a brightly coloured, abstract style comparable to those of Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian incorporating Constructivism and Biomorphism with elements of hieroglyphic and musical notation.

Smith continues to develop and work in this style and has not returned to realism.

Article By: Dave Roberts.

First Published: 2007.



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