Jack Smith (1928-2011):
Painted Relief, 1962
Framed (ref: 10899)
Gouache on board
Signed 'Jack Smith', titled and dated on the reverse, with label from Matthiesen Ltd., London.
20 x 20 in. (51 x 51 cm)
Provenance: Mathieson; Mathew; The Collection of Matthew Rutenberg
Exhibited: Matthiesen Gallery, Jack Smith, London, 1963
Literature: Sunderland Arts Centre, Jack Smith: Paintings and Drawings 1949-1976, Ceolfrith Press, 1977, p. 72, illustrated
In an interview with the British Library, Smith speaks about his shift to non-figurative art, and the means in which he experiments with form in his abstract work of the 60's. Smith states that: 'Sometimes I like to confuse the spectator with different realities, so there’s flatness, lots of flatness and suddenly there’s something which maybe thought of as three-dimensional, so I may use shadow in that case, you know. But that’s again in order to create a visual, a visual diversion if you like, or what might be considered a sudden foreign body in the work.'