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Jack Smith

(1928-2011), Artist

Sitter in 6 portraits
Smith achieved critical recognition through his association with the Kitchen Sink movement, the urban realist style that dominated painting in Britain from the early to mid-1950s. Together with Derrick Greaves, John Bratby and Edward Middleditch, he took his subject matter from everyday life. Smith was the only one actually to depict a sink, thus supplying the term by which this tendency became known. He first exhibited at Helen Lessore's celebrated Beaux Arts Gallery, London in 1953 and showed at the Venice Biennale in 1956, the year in which he won first prize at the John Moores Liverpool exhibition. He later adopted a more abstract style, continuing to exhibit.

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Jack Smith, by Derrick Greaves - NPG 6750

Jack Smith

by Derrick Greaves
oil on canvas, circa 1950
NPG 6750

Jack Smith with his wife, Susan, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(43)

Jack Smith with his wife, Susan

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 9 May 1963
NPG P797(43)

Jack Smith, by Ida Kar - NPG x131181

Jack Smith

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x131181

Jack Smith, by Ida Kar - NPG x131182

Jack Smith

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x131182

Jack Smith, by Duncan Fraser - NPG x20072

Jack Smith

by Duncan Fraser
resin print, 1983
NPG x20072

Jack Smith, by George Newson - NPG x38240

Jack Smith

by George Newson
bromide fibre print, 20 May 1991
NPG x38240

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