The Artists We Lost in 2016
Printed at Aeropress, New York, published by Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London. Unframed and in very good condition. British painter and printmaker Richard Smith's fusion of abstract principles and contemporary subject matter is utterly unique. His early works blend commercial culture, packaging, and advertising with influences of American abstraction, presenting magnified, out of scale objects in soft-focus and vivid tones, the artist stating: "you could drown in a glass of beer, live in a semi-detached cigarette packet". Smith’s subsequent shaped canvases jut into three-dimensional space in an intense exploration of the abstract qualities of volume, surface, and color, the artist humorously comparing his work to large-scale origami.
*Note Richard Smith sadly passed away in 2016.
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Signature: Signed, dated and numbered recto (front)
Publisher: Bernard Jacobson
British, 1931-2016, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom