Jack Smith (artist)

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Jack Smith
Born18 June 1928
Died11 June 2011 (aged 82)
Hove, United Kingdom[1]
EducationSheffield College of Art, Saint Martin's School of Art, Royal College of Art
Known forpainting
MovementNeo-realism, Abstract art

Jack Smith (18 June 1928 – 11 June 2011) was a British realist and, later, abstract artist.[2]


Jack Smith was born in 1928 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Smith studied at Sheffield College of Art (1944–1946), Saint Martin's School of Art (1948–1950) and the Royal College of Art (1950–1953).[3] At the RCA, Smith studied under John Minton, Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight.[4]


During the 1950s, Smith's early work was in a neo-realist style known as "The Kitchen Sink School" featuring domestic subjects.

In the 1960s, Smith abandoned realism and adopted a brightly coloured, abstract style comparable to those of Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian incorporating Constructivism and Biomorphism with elements of hieroglyphic and musical notation.[5] Smith continued to develop and work in this style and did not return to realism.



  1. ^ "Obituaries - Jack Smith: Painter who rejected his work as part of the 'Kitchen Sink School' in favour of abstraction". The Independent. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Jack Smith obituary". The Guardian. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 October 2022.
  3. ^ a b Flowers London: Jack Smith Retrospective Catalogue, ISBN 978-1-906412-12-8
  4. ^ Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: Biography for Jack Smith
  5. ^ British Council: Jack Smith Archived 2009-02-19 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ John Moores Prize Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Tate Collection: Jack Smith Biography
  8. ^ "Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Jack Smith - Person - National Portrait Gallery". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 20 November 2020.

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