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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada/England      Known for: nude figure, landscape and interior painting, drawing, printmaking

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Jeremy Lawrence Smith BA (1946)

A prominent Canadian painter, draftsman, and printmaker, Jeremy Smith was born in Louth, England; immigrated to Canada in 1948 (with his parents); and was raised in Toronto, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario. His works are in the permanent collections of several major Canadian museums.

His mediums include egg tempera*, pastel, sumi-e ink*, graphite*, etching*, serigraph* and mixed mediums. His subjects include portraits, interiors, nudes, figures, landscapes, still life, genre*, sporting activities, animals, and urban views. His mature styles are Realism* and Photo Realism*. AskART has some good illustrations of his work. (1)

Smith is considered a self taught artist. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with studies in Fine Arts, Philosophy and French Literature, from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (1966 - 1969). He has also travelled through Europe (1965), visiting England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He studied Japanese brush technique in Canada and in Japan (1969 - 1971); and he made a special trip to Vienna, Austria (1972) to study the works of Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Smith's stated influences are the works of Zao Wou Ki (aka: Wou-Ki Zao), Alex Colville and Jack Chambers. (2)

Smith's work was the subject of a 1988/89 national travelling exhibition, which visited the Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

His works were included in the recent group exhibitions "Storyboard", Museum London, Ontario (2002); "Canadian Kunstkammer", Museum London, Ontario (2004); and "Learning from Leonardo: The High-Realist Legacy in Canadian Art", Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, and touring (2008 - 2010).

His work has also been included in solo and group exhibitions at prominent commercial galleries such as Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London, Ontario; Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto; Marlborough-Godard Gallery, Toronto; and Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, his works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (B.C.), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, New Brunswick), Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum (Charlottetown, P.E.I.), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Quebec), Museum London (Ontario), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario), University of Lethbridge Art Gallery (Lethbridge, Alberta), and the Vancouver Art Gallery (B.C.).

His awards include a Canada Council* grant in 1971.
(1) Please note: The painting Arrival (see AskART auction records) is a self-portrait of the artist and his wife. The painting is illustrated and discussed in High Realism in Canada. Source: High Realism in Canada (1974), by Paul Duval (see AskART book references).

(2) In the early 1960s (when a teenager), Smith painted in Zao-Wou-Ki's abstract expressionist style and sold several "six-foot versions". Source: Page 160, High Realism in Canada (1974), by Paul Duval (see AskART book references).
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume 8, Safdie to Smith (2006), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references)

Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003), by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann (see AskART book references)

The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)

Cineplex Odeon: The First Ten Years (1989), by David Burnett (see AskART book references)

Contemporary Canadian Art (1983), by David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff (see AskART book references)

The Index of Ontario Artists (1978), edited by Hennie Wolff (see AskART book references)

High Realism in Canada (1974), by Paul Duval (see AskART book references)

Canadian Heritage Information Network* (biography, museums)

Art Gallery of Ontario (catalogue summaries online)

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto (biography)

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke

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