Jack Smith Inside, Outside 3 1980

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Artwork details

Artist
Jack Smith 1928–2011
Title
Inside, Outside 3
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 920 x 920 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03814
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03814 Inside, Outside 3 1980

Oil on hardboard 36 1/8 × 36 1/8 (920 × 920)
Inscribed on reverse ‘INSIDE OUTSIDE 3’ and ‘Jack Smith/1980’
Purchased from the artist through Fischer Fine Art (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

Prov: Monika Kinley (until 1978); Ken Powell
Exh: Jack Smith Recent Paintings, Fischer Fine Art, March–April 1981 (32)
Lit: Alan Bowness, Helder Macedo, Jack Smith, ‘Jack Smith, Paintings and Drawings 1949–1976’

The artist first used this title in the 1960s, for example a painting exhibited in Jack Smith recent paintings and sculptures, Grosvenor Gallery 1965 (13), where he also showed sculptures with similar titles.

‘Inside, Outside 3’ was painted in the artist's studio in in Hove where he had recently moved, and was affected by his interest in the quality of light reflected from the sea. As often in Jack Smith's works the support is square. Initially he chose this format in the early 1960s as he did not want to be dominated by the shape of his canvas, but subsequently became fascinated by the regularity of the square, and has continued to use it for the majority of his work (see Alan Bowness et al., op.cit., p.15).

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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