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Jack Smith:
13 Elements on Black ( Sound + Silence)

Framed (ref: 9685)
Oil on black acrylic
42 1/8 x 42 1/8 in. (107 x 107 cm) 

Tags: Jack Smith oil Abstract Art



Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by Lord Strauss; Tadema Gallery 1989-2018; Private collection


Exhibited; Sunderland Arts Centre 1977 Jack Smith, Paintings and Drawings 1949-1976, illustrated page 80 

Similar works from this period are in the collection of

The Fitzwilliam:


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The Arts Council:




A letter from the artist to the previous owner, dated 05 august '69, reads; 

"Dear S and D, 

Thank you so much for sending me the photographs of my work you have, what I consider to be some very important paintings and it gave me great pleasure to see them again.

I hope that they will continue to fascinate and give you pleasure. Your choice is excellent.

Regarding '13 ELEMENTS ON BLACK (SOUND + SILENCE)' it is not acrylic board but Oil paint on black acrylic. I think that is important.

The provenance is Lord Strauss as you say. He and his wife ... ...... of good work. As you know he was a very active politician.

It has been a fascinating experience for me to see these works again and to know that they belong to people who have knowledge of art. 

With best wishes to you both,

Jack Smith"



Collections Include: Arts Council; Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand; Berlin National Gallery; British Council; Cardiff Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Society; The City Art Gallery, Manchester; City Art Gallery, Plymouth; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Gothenburg Museum, Sweden; Government Art Collection; Guggenheim Museum New York; Leicester City Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate Gallery, London; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Welsh Contemporary Art Society


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