Artist biography

Jack SMITH b. 1928

Painter, chiefly of interiors with figures and of still life and seascapes. Born 18 June 1928 in Sheffield. Awarded a scholarship to Sheffield College of Art 1944–6. National Serviceman in the R.A.F. 1946–8. Resumed studies at St Martin's School of Art 1948–50, and at the R.C.A. 1950–3 under John Minton, Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight. At first worked in a neo-realist style (the so-called ‘Kitchen-sink School’), choosing subjects from the domestic life of his own home, but since 1956 has become increasingly interested in representing light and its transformatory effects on shapes seen in the open air and under water. First one-man exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1953. Began teaching at Bath Academy, Corsham, and made sculptures of children and dogs running 1953. Visited Madrid and Toledo 1954, and Venice 1955. Won first prize at the first John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 1956. Began regular visits to Mevagissey and Zennor, Cornwall, 1956. Has taught at Chelsea School of Art since 1957. Represented at the Venice Biennale 1956; retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery 1959.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II