Richard Smith (British, b.1931) was born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. He attended Luton School of Art and served in the Royal Air Force in Hong Kong. He studied in the master's program at the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship. He traveled to the United States and spent many years painting and teaching art. He is best known for his paintings and unique approach to creating his pieces.

His style has become quite minimal. He often works with shades of a single color and introduces a second hue only as an accent. In the beginning of his career, Smith worked on stretched canvas. As his career progressed, he started painting on loose canvas and even tied the material in knots. He rotated the canvas as he worked, and he would cut, fold, and staple his pieces. Many of his paintings have a three dimensional quality and resemble sculptures. Parterre features three painted canvases. Each is covered in brown paint and accented with black bands in the corners. The individual pieces are stacked and rotated at various angles. He works with paint, metal, and screen printing materials. His work has a Contemporary feel and structural quality.

Smith spent some time on the island of Guernsey, where he completed a series of wall paintings meant to compliment his earlier series of hanging objects. In a recent interview, Smith commented on his trip to the island by saying, "The idea of being a visiting artist in Guernsey caught my imagination. I spent some time in Cornwall in 96 and 97 and enjoyed being close to the ocean and distant from London and New York." Daylight is an oil piece on canvas. The painting features shades of orange applied in vertical stripes, and black lines accent the work.

Smith’s art has been showcased at Keller & Greene in Los Angeles, the Guernsey College of Art, and the Jay Grimm Gallery in New York. He lives and works in New York and continues to exhibit his work in Britain at the Angela Flowers Gallery.

Timeline

1931
Born Letchworth, Hertfordshire, U.K.
1948–1950
Attended Luton School of Art Luton, U.K.
1950–1952
Served in Royal Air Force Hong Kong
1954–1957
Attended Royal College of Art London, England
1959
First Visits New York
1973
Architectural Commission: Mr. Chow Los Angeles, CA
1975
Architectural Commission: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Caracas, Venezuela
1978
Architectural Commission: Hartsfield Int'l Airport Atlanta, GA
1978
Architectural Commission: Mr. Chow New York, NY
1979
Architectural Commission: Mobil Research & Development Dallas, TX
1980
Architectural Commission: IBM Headquarters U.K. North Harbour, U.K.
1981
Architectural Commission: Deerbrook Mall Houston, TX
1985
Architectural Commission: Zales Headquarters Irving, TX
1985
Architectural Commission: Landmark Center II Orlando, FL
1985
Architectural Commission: Montclair Mall San Bernadino, CA
1986
Architectural Commission: Concourse III Atlanta, GA
1986
Architectural Commission: Aquavit Restaurant PrivatBanken, New York, NY
1988
Architectural Commission: Lakeside Baltimore, MD
1988
Architectural Commission: Forest Fair Mall Cincinnati, OH
1989
Architectural Commission: Arts Coucil London, England
1992
Architectural Commission: Rotunda, Standiford Field Airport Louisville, KY
1993
Architectural Commission: The Peak Center Hong Kong

Exhibitions

2004
Six from the Sixties, Flowers East, London
2004
Flowers West at Keller & Greene, Los Angeles
2004
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2004
Abstract Composition, Flowers Graphics, London
2003
Flowers Twelve, Flowers Central, London
2003
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2002
Flowers Ten, Flowers Central, London
2002
Flowers Eleven, Flowers Central, London
2001
Flowers Seven, Flowers Central, London
2001
British Abstract Painting, Flowers East, London
2001
Jay Grimm, New York
2001
Recent Paintings, Flowers East, London
2001
Flowers Central, London
2001
Guernsey College of Art
2001
Jay Grimm Gallery, New York
2001
Recent Paintings, Flowers Central, London
2001
Paintings 1993-2000, Flowers East, London
1997
Prints & Monotypes, Flowers Graphics, London
1997
Paintings, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
1996
Prints & Monotypes, Flowers Graphics, London
1996
Paintings, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
1995
Prints & Monotypes, Flowers Graphics, London
1995
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York, NY
1994
Grey Paintings, Richard L. Feigen & Co. London, England
1994
British Abstract Painting, Flowers East London, England
1993
The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery London, England
1993
Richard L. Feigen & Co. London, England
1992
Galerie Wasserman Munich, Germany
1992
Richard L. Feigen & Co. London, England
1992
Pop Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal, Canada
1992
Ready, Steady, Go, Painting of the Sixties from the Arts Council Collection, national tour, Foyer Galleries, Royal Festival Hall London, England
1991–1992
Pop Art, Traveling Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art London, England
1991
Not Pop: What the Others were Doing, Bernard Jacobson Gallery London, England
1991
Pop Art, Royal Academy of Art London, England
1990
Knoedler Gallery London, England
1990
Feigen Incorporated, Feigen Incorporated Chicago, IL
1987
Richard L. Feigen & Co., Richard L. Feigen & Co. Chicago, IL
1987
British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Art London, England
1986
Forty Years of Modern Art, 1945-1985, Tate Gallery London, England
1985
Pop Art 1955-1970, curated by Henry, Art Gallery of New South Wales New South Wales, Australia
1984
Knoedler Gallery London, England
1982
Knoedler Gallery London, England
1980
Knoedler Gallery London, England
1980
Bernard Jacobson Ltd., New York, NY
1980
Cartouche Series, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1980
Arco Center for the Visual Arts Los Angeles, CA
1980
Studio la Città, Studio la Città Verona, Italy
1980
Galleria La Polena Genoa, Italy
1980
Neue Arbeiten, Stadtsmuseum Ulm, Germany
1980
Hansen-Fuller-Goldeen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1979
Hedendaagse Kunst Museum Utrecht, Netherlands
1979
Galerie Artline The Hague, Netherlands
1979
Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN
1979
Saskatoon Gallery Saskatchewan, Canada
1979
Galleria Il Sole Bolzano, Italy
1979
The Museum of Art at Washington State Pullman, WA
1978
The Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA (Traveled)
1978
Anthony Stokes Gallery London, England
1978
Studio G7 Bologna, Italy
1978
Galeria San Diego Bogota, Colombia
1978
Galerie Artline The Hague, Netherlands
1978
Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea Parco Massari, Ferrara, Italy
1978
Galleria La Polena Genoa, Italy
1978
Young Hoffman Gallery Chicago, IL
1978
Galleria dell'Ariette Milan, Italy
1978
Hudson River Museum Yonkers, NY
1978
Kornblee Gallery New York, NY
1977
Arte Contacto Caracas, Venezuela
1977
Recent Work 1972-1977 Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
1977
Galerie Daniel Templon Paris, France
1977
Studio la Città Verona, Italy
1977
Galerie Gimpel und Hanover Zürich, Switzerland
1977
Galleria La Piramide Florence, Italy
1977
Studio Arco d'Ailbert Rome, Italy
1977
Galerie Orny Munich, Germany
1977
Modulo Porto, Portugal
1976
Galleria Vinciana Milan, Italy
1976
Arte Inglese Oggi 1960-1976, Palazzo Reale Milan, Italy
1976
Gimpel Fils Gallery London, England
1976
Galleria La Polena Genoa, Italy
1976
Galleria del Cavallino Venice, Italy
1976
Kasahara Gallery Osaka, Japan
1976
Museo de Arte Moderno Bogota, Colombia
1975
Paginas Amarillas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Caracas, Venezuela
1975
Kettles Yard Gallery Cambridge, England
1975
Gimpel Fils Gallery London, England
1975
Retrospective: Seven Exhibitions 1961-1975, Tate Gallery London, England
1975
Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1974
O.K. Harris New York, NY
1974
Gallerie Swart Amsterdam, Netherlands
1974
D.M. Gallery London, England
1974
Bernard Jacobson Ltd. London, England
1974
British Painting '74, Hayward Gallery London, England
1974
Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz Linz, Austria
1974
Gallerie Schottenring, Gallerie Schottenring Vienna, Austria
1973
Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery Santa Barbara, CA
1973
Garage Art London, England
1973
Galerie Schottenring Vienna, Austria
1973
La Peinture Anglaise Aujourd'hui, Musée d'Arte Moderne de la Ville Paris, France
1973
Garage Art London, England
1973
Waddington Graphics London, England
1973
Hayward Gallery London, England
1972
Galleria dell'Ariete Milan, Italy
1972
Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England
1972
Kasmin Gallery London, England
1972
Bear Lane Gallery Oxford, England
1971
Richard Feigen Gallery New York, NY
1971
Kasmin Gallery London, England
1970
Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, England
1970
35th Venice Biennale, British Pavillion Venice, Italy
1970
Contemporary British Art, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Japan
1969
Galleria dell'Ariete Milan, Italy
1969
Kasmin Gallery London, England
1968
Richard Feigen Gallery New York, NY
1968
Jewish Museum New York, NY
1968
European Painters Today, Musée des arts decoratifs Paris, France
1967
University of Virginia, Charlottesville Charlottesville, VA
1967
Nuove Techniche d'Imagine, San Marino, Italy
1967
Kasmin Gallery London, England
1967
Richard Feigen Gallery New York, NY
1967
IX Sao Paulo Bienal Sao Paulo, Brazil
1967
Galerie Denise Rene Hans Mayer Krefeld, Germany
1966
Whitechapel Gallery London, England
1966
Richard Feigen Gallery New York, NY
1966
Editions Alecto London, England
1966
New Shapes of Color, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands
1966
XXXIII Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
1966
The Other Tradition, The Institute of Contemporary Art Pittsburgh, PA
1966
XXXIII Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
1966
26th Annual Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1966
Aspects of British Art, Travelled, Auckland City Art Gallery Auckland, New Zealand
1966
Four Englishmen, Galleria dell'Ariete Milan, Italy
1966
Caro, Cohen, Denny, Smith, Kasmin Gallery London, England
1965
Biennale des Jeunes, Musée d'art moderne Paris, France
1965
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, England
1965
118 Show, Kasmin Gallery London, England
1965
London: The New Scene, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MN
1965
Pop Art, Nouveau Realisme, etc., Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
1965
Invitational International Prize Competition, Instituto Torcuato di Tella Buenos Aires, Argentina
1965
Green Gallery New York, NY
1964
Neue Realisten & Pop Art, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany
1964
Englische Kunst der Gegenwart, Städtische Kunstgalerie Bochum, Germany
1963
Critics Choice, Stone Gallery Newcastle, England
1963
Dunn International, Tate Gallery London, England
1963
John Moore's Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Center Liverpool, England
1963
118 Show, Kasmin Gallery London, England
1963
VII Tokyo Biennial, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1963
British Painting in the Sixties, Whitechapel Gallery London, England
1963
Kasmin Gallery London, England
1963
Green Gallery New York, NY
1962–1963
British Art Today, Travelled, San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco, CA
1962
Contemporary Painting, Yale University New Haven, CT
1962
Kompas II, Stedlijk Museum Eindhoven, Netherlands
1962
Artist's Studio Bath Street, London, England
1962
Institute of Contemporary Arts London, England
1961
Green Gallery New York, NY
1961
The 1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting & Sculpture, Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, PA
1961
Deuxieme Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Arte Moderne Paris, France
1961
New London Situation, New London Gallery London, England
1960
Situation, RBA Galleries London, England
1959
Place, A Collaboration, ICA London, England
1958
Abstract Impressionism, Arts Council Gallery Carlisle, U.K.
1957
Six Young Contemporaries, Gimpel Fils Gallery London, England
1957
Dimensions, O'Hana Gallery London, England
1957
New Trends in British Art, New York Art Foundation Rome, NY
1954
Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries London, England