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Riverfall consists of five shaped canvases butted together in stepped progression. This structure reflects Smith' s interest
in developing the painting's physical presence beyond a flat, two-dimensional surface. Smith likened the scale of Riverfall to a 'grand façade in a narrow street' and he commented: 'I paint very large paintings for a feeling of enclosure, to occupy the total vision and to make
the full gesture of the hand visible.'

September 2004