About This Artist:
Born in 1919 in Sussex, England. Lives and works in West Vancouver.Gordon Smith is a key figure in the history of Modernist painting in Vancouver. Born in the UK, Smith immigrated to Canada with his family in 1933. Smith taught and did commercial design and illustration in Winnipeg, studying at the Winnipeg School of Art, before leaving for Europe as an intelligence officer in World War II. He returned wounded in 1941, and in 1946 began teaching at the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) after some studies there; colleagues included Jack Shadbolt and B.C. Binning.
About This Artwork:
Throughout his career, Gordon has and continues to believe in the value of supporting art education for youth. This dedication to the arts led Gordon to mentor young artists including some of today's most influential names in contemporary Canadian art. He finds great satisfaction in uniting people through his art. To this day, at the age of 96, he still finds time to mentor young artists and give painting lessons to children in his neighbourhood.
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