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Richard Smith

Medium:

Oil on Canvas, 2018

Dimensions:

90cm x 80cm

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Richard Smith was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but moved with his family to South Africa at a young age. Studying graphic design at the Johannesburg School of Art in the 1960s, followed by his work in 1968 for the Sunday Times, Smith produced politically important works for the underground movement in London. In 1977 he was the American Broadcasting Corporation’s Court Artist at the inquest into the death of Steve Biko. Smith’s fine art career began in 1972 with a solo show of drawings at the Arts Theatre Club, London.

He began painting in the mid 1980s and exhibited extensively at the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg primarily as a painter of abstract expressionist landscapes. In 1990, while a resident at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Smith began making figurative oil on paper works, some of which were torn up and re-worked as collage elements.

Smith is an artist’s artist. He has a unique voice where the act of painting is foremost whilst form and content are secondary. Although his finished works are richly layered, he wants, in his own words, ‘the brush to spend as little time as possible on the canvas.’ A fearsome self-critic, Smith’s paintings can sometimes take months, even years, to appear but there still is no guarantee that they will make the final cut. This however does not deter him in his slavish attention to detail and his desire to paint.

 Solo Exhibitions

2017

Ghost in the Machine, EBONY/CURATED Cape Town, South Africa

2016

Faceless, EBONY/CURATED Franschhoek, South Africa

2015

New Paintings EBONY/CURATED Cape Town, South Africa

2014

Rapid Eye Movement, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012

Retrospective Exhibition, University of Cape Town, Irma Stern Museum Cape Town, South Africa

2012

Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010

Artspace Johannesburg, South Africa

2008

Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009

iArt Cape Town, South Africa

2007

Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa

Exhibition – Potchefstroom University Gallery, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2006

Cultivaria, Paarl, South Africa

2005

‘Dialogues’ – Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003

Jill Yakas Gallery, Athens, Greece

1993 – 1994

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1991

South African Association of Arts, Pretoria (Paris work), South Africa

1988

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1972

Solo Show of Cartoons – Arts Theatre Club, Leicester Square, UK

Group Exhibitions

2017

‘From the Horses Mouth’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

Ed Cross Fine Art, London Art Fair, London, UK

2016

‘Projects’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

SAADA Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2015

SAADA Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2014

Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

2010

Miele Art Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa

Grand Provence Franschhoek, South Africa

2009

Grand Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Work chosen for the South African Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria

2008

MUSE ’08 – Group Show KKNK Oudshoorn, South Africa

iArt Cape Town, South Africa

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

2007

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Bell Roberts, Lourensford, Somerset West, South Africa

Cultivaria, Paarl, South Africa

KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Commission – 6 works for Rand Merchant Bank

2006

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Portraits’ at AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2005

Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

2002

Omma Centre of Contemporary Art, Chania, Crete, Living in Cephalonia, Greece

2001

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1995-2000

Represented by Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa and Galleri Viktoria, Gottenburg, Sweden

1990-1991

Resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

Luxtor’s Fine Art, Oxfordshire, UK

Black Boy Gallery, West Wycombe, UK

1990

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1986

Everard Read Gallery with Paul Stopforth and Hillary Graham, Johannesburg, South Africa

1976

South African Association of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa

1985

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Collections

Rand Merchant Bank

Sasol

Sanlam

FNB

University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Free State

University of Cape Town

Publications

2017

‘Richard Smith’, Published by EBONY/CURATED

2012

‘Richard Smith’. Published to coincide with Irma Stern Museum Retrospective

2009

‘What’s so Funny?’ Under the skin of South African Cartooning by Andy Mason

1999

Nelson Mandela, A life in Cartoons

1988

Rhodes Journalism Review

Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors – Everard Read

1982 – 1989

Chief Illustrator – Leadership Magazine, Johannesburg

Standard Bank Cartoonist of the Year Award, (’80 and ’89)

Represented on Cape Town Triennial (’85 and ‘88).

1987

Cartoons and Illustrations for the Harvard Business Review

1977 – 1984

Cartoonist for the Sunday Express, Johannesburg.

Illustrator for: Optima, Management, Financial Mail, Leadership and Energos

1968 – 1969

Cartoonist – Sunday Times, Johannesburg

1973 – 1976

Daily political cartoon strip – Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg

Published book of Cartoons ‘Smith and Abbott’s Greatest Hits’

1972

The Cartoon (A short history of Graphic Comedy and Satire) by John Geipel

1970 – 1972

London, UK Freelance Cartoonist for: Punch, BBC, Time Out and Ink, UK