Jack Smith (1928-2011):
13 Elements on Black ( Sound + Silence)
Framed (ref: 9685)
Oil on black acrylic
42 1/8 x 42 1/8 in. (107 x 107 cm)
Provenance: Tadema Gallery; Private collection
Exhibitions; Sunderland Arts Centre 1977, Jack Smith, Paintings and Drawings 1949-1976, illustrated pl. 30
Literature: Collections include: Arts Council; Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand; Berlin National Gallery; British Council; Cardiff Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Society; The City Art Gallery, Manchester; City Art Gallery, Plymouth; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull ; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Gothenburg Museum, Sweden; Government Art Collection; Guggenheim Museum New York; Leicester City Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate Gallery, London; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Welsh Contemporary Art Society.
A letter from the artist to the previous owner, dated 05 august '69, reads;
"Dear S and D,
Thank you so much for sending me the photographs of my work you have, what I consider to be some very important paintings and it gave me great pleasure to see them again.
I hope that they will continue to fascinate and give you pleasure. Your choice is excellent.
Regarding '13 ELEMENTS ON BLACK (SOUND + SILENCE)' it is not acrylic board but Oil paint on black acrylic. I think that is important.
The provenance is Lord Strauss as you say. He and his wife ... ...... of good work. As you know he was a very active politician.
It has been a fascinating experience for me to see these works again and to know that they belong to people who have knowledge of art.
With best wishes to you both,