Gordon Smith

1919 -

"I find it hard to put my feelings about my paintings into words. I do not think of my paintings as devoid of subject matter. My feelings and themes are largely derived from nature, the sea, rocks, trees; the things I live with. I feel a painting should be much more than an anecdote or decoration. Painting should be a re-creation of an experience rather than an illustration of an experience." (1959)

Gordon Smith?s significant contribution as an artist and educator spans 60 years. In 1955, he won first prize at the National Gallery of Canada?s Annual Exhibition, and quickly became recognized as one of the country?s leading modernist painters.

A subtle colourist who relishes the actuality of paint, his work has been featured in numerous Canadian and international solo and group exhibitions. His many major awards include the Order of Canada (1996) and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts (2007). At age 90, he is a passionate champion of arts education who works in his studio every day and continues to push his practice in new directions. Gordon Smith lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2009 he was the winner of the Governor General?s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Gordon Smith
Photo: Martin Lipman

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Gordon Smith


Born U.K. (England): Sussex, East Brighton, 18 June 1919


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