Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday September 29th
Members only event, new members welcome.
Gordon Appelbe Smith, born June 18, 1919 (1919-06-18) (age 91) in East Brighton, England, is a Canadian painter, printmaker, sculptor, and teacher living in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Smith taught with contemporaries Alistair Bell, B.C. Binning, and Jack Shadbolt at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) for ten years, then 26 years at the University of British Columbia before retiring in 1982 to paint full time.
Smith continues to be involved in the contemporary art scene. He is always forward thinking about his new work and continues to encourage emerging artists. A quiet, modest, yet confident man, Smith has said when praised for his work “I am a hundred artists deep.” The focus is taken off himself and onto his influences.
An accomplished internationally recognized artist, Smith was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1996. He is an Education Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 2007 he received the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. In March 2009 at The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, he was named a laureate and presented with the Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts.
His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery.