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.