Painter using a richly Expressionist palette, draughtsman, printmaker and teacher, born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where he attended the Technical School, also Lowestoft and Norwich Schools of Art. From 1939–40 Smith was visiting art master at Framlingham College, then he served in Royal Air Force, 1940–5; a collection of his Air Force pictures toured the country in aid of a forces’ charity, finishing at Cooling Galleries, opened by Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader. After the war Smith studied at Slade School of Fine Art, winning Abbey Major Rome Scholarship at British School, Rome, 1949. Further teaching included senior lecturer in fine art, Chelsea School of Art, 1965–79. Smith was elected RE in 1951, also showing at RA, LG, New Art Centre and elsewhere.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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