Jack Smith Activities, Major and Minor 1972

Artwork details

Artist
Jack Smith 1928–2011
Title
Activities, Major and Minor
Date 1972
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 1222 x 1219 mm
frame: 1263 x 1263 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03813
Not on display

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Smith was born in Sheffield. After the Second World War he studied at St Martin's School and the Royal College of Art. He later taught at Bath Academy and the Chelsea School of Art.

Smith was a member of the Kitchen Sink School who painted mundane subjects of working class life in a realist style. In the mid-1950s he turned towards abstraction. He said that the title of this painting 'refers to the forms used and has musical connotations'. The cool lime green background creates an atmosphere of calm against which, he explained, 'sound boxes' are superimposed.

September 2004

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