Richard Smith was a British painter known for his semi-sculptural abstract works that often resembled kites. Protruding from the gallery walls, Smith’s paintings extended the boundary of the medium while maintaining a dialogue with both Color Field painting and Pop Art. “What intrigued me wasn’t the nitty-gritty, down dirty popular culture,” he once explained. “It was the high end. These beautiful ads for Smirnoff vodka and glamorous films and store windows and CinemaScope.” Born on October 27, 1931 in Letchworth, United Kingdom, he attended Luton School of Art before serving in the Royal Air Force in Hong Kong. Smith went on to receive his MFA from the Royal College of Art in London, where he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship. The artist settled in New York in 1976, where he spent the next few decades painting and teaching. As his career progressed, Smith began working directly on loose canvas, rotating and stapling it onto the stretchers as part of the process. The artist died on April 15, 2016 in Patchogue, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others. (thank you, ArtNet)
This print consists of two sheets with a cut-out element.
Originally available from Habitat: 'Terence Conran and Bernard Jacobson have specially commissioned for these prints from original work from some of the foremost contemporary artists, all of whom were at the Royal College of Art during the vintage years of the fifties and early sixties.'
Those artists were David Hockney 'Le Nid du Duc' ; Robyn Denny 'Flower Piece' (also available 0n twentiethcenturyprints.com); Peter Blake 'Liberty Blake' and Richard Smith 'Sun Curtain'. 1000 copies of each were made.
signed and dated in the plate
Lithograph in excellent condition
framed with white conservation mount, museum glass and a 'mahogony' stained deep timber frame
image: 610 x 915 mm
frame: 720 x 1025mm
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