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AFK Blog
Nov 14
Gordon Smith Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery

​We are proud to announce that our founding patron artist, Gordon Smith, has an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition, titled Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings, runs through February 4, 2018.

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Gordon Smith, Pachino 43, acrylic on tarpaulin

These paintings are abstractions, often with collaged pieces. Many of the works reference his time in World War II when he was an intelligence officer, drawing maps from photographs. He was wounded at Pachino Beach in Sicily in 1943 and evacuated on a troop ship to North Africa that came under fire. By early 1944, he had arrived back in Vancouver. The black paintings evoke in us the loss and death experienced during wartime, a feeling that has never left him all these decades later, although Gordon admits to simply loving black.

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Gordon Smith, Tanu, 1995, acrylic on canvas

Along with Bill Reid and Jack Shadbolt, he was a founding patron artist of Artists for Kids. He has been a tireless supporter of our work. Gordon insisted that we try to make Artists for Kids a national endeavour, so in 1992 he provided a portion of the Shannon Falls print edition to fund a trip east to engage some of the most important artists in Canada, making introductions to Guido Mollinari and Betty Goodwin in Montreal and Molly Lamb Bobak in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The result of his support through the funds and the introductions gave AFK national credibility and gave us new, significant Canadian artists to work with artistically and educationally for years to come.

We proudly hosted his exhibition North Shore in 2000. In connection with this exhibition, Gordon led a three-day painting enrichment program. Two years later, the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists was established to support our work. In 2009 we hosted Smith Works on Paper exhibition. His developmental studies showed the creative play with line, colour, contrasts, composition and found materials that are a large part of his process, and are on display in the current exhibition.

"Gordon is a vital and essential supporter of our work. Through his inspiration, dedication and reach, we have been able to transform Artists for Kids into the leading innovator of art education in the country," says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids.

We encourage everyone to visit this exhibition and learn more about Gordon's work, his process and his perspective.

More information on the exhibition is available in an article in the Vancouver Sun

For tickets to the exhibition, which runs through February 4, 2018, visit the Vancouver Art Gallery's website



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