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Still Life with Plaice
© the artist's estate/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London. Photo credit: Government Art Collection

Still Life with Plaice 1955

Jack Smith (1928–2011)

Government Art Collection

British painter (and occasional sculptor), born in Sheffield. He studied at Sheffield College of Art, 1944–6, and then (after doing National Service) in London at *St Martin's School of Art, 1948–50, and the *Royal College of Art, 1950–53. In the mid-1950s he was a leading figure of the *Kitchen Sink School. A typical work of this period is Mother Bathing Child (1953, Tate), which does in fact feature a kitchen sink. It is set in a crowded house that Smith and his family at this time shared with another Kitchen Sink painter, Derrick *Greaves, and the sculptor George *Fullard. Apart from interiors with figures such as this, he also painted still-lifes and seascapes. Even at this time he attached as much importance to formal qualities as to the nature of the subject-matter.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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