Mixed media and acrylic on paper
91.4 x 71.1 cm framed
Courtesy the artist and Equinox Gallery
At 97 years, veteran Vancouver artist Gordon Applebee Smith continues to astound. His painting practice spans over six decades, and he continues to extend his fresh, indomitable creativity in unexpected directions. His deserved renown for powerful and closely wrought landscape paintings has been strengthened by an ongoing, testing exploration of modernist idioms and the borders between representation and abstraction.
Presentation House Gallery is delighted to premiere a bold new work by Gordon Smith for this special occasion. Dovetailing painting and collage, the artist elegantly fuses formal modes: a pale, earthen pallet evokes nature, over which string and other collaged objects adhere. The work is imbued with spontaneous, expressive motility, proving once again that this treasured artist, having long mastered the medium of painting, remains a dauntless innovator.
Gordon Smith, OC, OBC (b. 1919, Hove, Sussex, England) is one of Canada’s most influential painters. He graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1945, before studying advanced painting at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco under Elmer Bischoff in 1950. Over nearly sixty years, Smith’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and internationally, including a major solo exhibition, The Act of Painting, at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1997. In 2013, his paintings were featured in concurrent solo shows Studio Abstractions and Shore Lines at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, where Smith is represented. Recent group exhibitions include From Nature (2013) at Equinox Gallery and Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art From the Audain Collection (2011), Vancouver Art Gallery. Smith was the recipient of the 2009 Governor General’s Award, Visual and Media Arts, and he holds an honorary doctorate degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He has received numerous high-profile commissions, and his work is held in major public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Around Vancouver, Smith’s iconic murals can be seen in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Law Library, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Wosk Centre for Dialogue at SFU.