Jack Smith

Flowers | Kingsland Road

It is not very fashionable in England to produce paintings that are bursting with enjoyment, and so this vibrant exhibition of works by Jack Smith comes as something of a surprise—not for nothing are a group of paintings entitled “Celebrations.” This is even more surprising when one remembers that Smith was perhaps the archetypal Kitchen Sink painter of the ’50s, with his muted, browny-gray renditions of the monotony of everyday life, the stark reality of the angry young man. The pictures here—painted in the past five years—are far removed from the messages and imagery of social realism. Instead Smith has begun to explore painting itself.

An underlying theme in these works is music. Running through these canvases are sound patterns and color chromatics, hints of jazz, elements of brass instruments or organ pipe. Music and the art of composing are explored together with the art of painting,

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