Gordon Smith: Don’t Look Back

Gordon Smith: Don’t Look Back

A major monograph on the life and work of Gordon Smith.

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Gordon Smith
A Painter’s Legacy

Gordon Smith
A Painter’s Legacy

Equinox Gallery is pleased to present A Painter’s Legacy, an exhibition of works by the late Canadian artist Gordon Smith (b. 1919, d. 2020). A brilliant painter with an international following, Smith’s style evolved over a lifetime as he made increasingly complex and layered, dense paintings. A prominent figure in a generation of notable West Coast painters, architects, poets, musicians and writers, Smith had an openly inquisitive mind and experimented endlessly in his art making. The unique presence of nature on the Pacific coast was a boundless inspiration to the artist. From the rich forest that surrounded his home and studio in West Vancouver to the shorelines he encountered on trips up and down the coast, Smith produced a vast body of work that alternated between representation and abstraction. It was not the grand vistas nor the broad expanses of nature that attracted Smith, he was drawn to the web of trees, the entanglement of undergrowth, the reflection of a swamp, the snowfall on a branch—the intricacies of how nature functions cyclically and seasonally, through spring, fall and winter.
Gordon Smith: A Painter’s Legacy opens on September 10th, 2022 at Equinox Gallery on Commercial Street in Vancouver.

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Gordon Smith
Through the Trees

Gordon Smith
Through the Trees

Equinox Gallery is pleased to present Gordon Smith: Through the Trees – an exhibition of new paintings and collaged works on canvas. This exhibition takes Gordon Smith’s imaginative and complex perspective of the forest as both subject and object where the landscape can be pulled apart and reconstructed as an idea. For 24 consecutive years, the opening of Gordon Smith’s show in September has come to denote the beginning of the cultural season in Vancouver, and this exhibition reflects Smith’s continued commitment to his artistic practice.

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Jack Shadbolt
The Ghost Universe

Jack Shadbolt
The Ghost Universe

Jack Shadbolt (1909 – 1998) was an influential Vancouver modernist whose experimentations with abstract painting resonated both within Canada and internationally. The body of work presented here was made in the post-war period when Shadbolt was developing his formal vocabulary as a painter. Shadbolt was one of several artists who returned to Canada after the war with a profound sense of uncertainty about the future, and whose practice looked to new imagery to express a sense of social disruption during the post-war years.
In relationship to The Ghost Universe are a selection of works by B.C. Binning, Gordon Smith, Molly Lamb Bobak, Bruno Bobak and Marion Nicoll. While stylistically diverse, these artists shared an awareness of the anxieties and uncertainties during the post-war era as well as an eagerness to explore abstraction as a means of expression.

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Gordon Smith, Untitled, 1996

Gordon Smith, Snow XXI, 1996

Gordon Smith, Husky #3, 2017

Gordon Smith, Painting D II, 2016

Gordon Smith, Painting D II, 2016

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Gordon Smith A Painter’s Legacy, Installation View 1, 2022

Gordon Smith A Painter’s Legacy, Installation View 1, 2022

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Gordon Smith A Painter’s Legacy, Installation View 2, 2022

Gordon Smith A Painter’s Legacy, Installation View 2, 2022

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