Richard Smith standing in font of the 'Field and streams' series, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, 1981
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Kenneth Tyler

Richard Smith was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1931. He trained at Luton School of Art, the St Albans School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, before receiving a scholarship to live and work in New York. Smith arrived in New York in 1959 and, aside from a two-year teaching tenure at St Martin’s School of Art in London, has since made the United States his base. Though he has been aligned with Minimalism, Pop Art and the Situationist Group, Smith’s work is essentially characterised by his investigations into the fundamental nature of colour and form.

His Field and streams series, in which shapes of various colours are presented entangled against pure white paper, demonstrates this preoccupation. The series was created at Tyler Graphics in 1982.
Emilie Owens

Chronology
 

1931
Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

1948-50
Attends Luton School of Art, Luton

1950-52
Serves in Royal Air Force, Hong Kong

1952-54
Attends St. Albans School of Art, Hertfordshire

1954-57
Attends Royal College of Art, London

1957
Included in exhibition, New trends in British art, New York Art Foundation, Rome, Italy

1961-63
Teaches at St. Martin’s School of Art, London

1961
First solo exhibition, Green Gallery, New York

1962
Included in travelling exhibition, British art today, originating at San Francisco Museum of Art, California

1965
Included in travelling exhibition, London: the new scene, originating at Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1966
Included in Venice biennale, Italy, and receives the Mr and Mrs Robert C Scull Award; solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Richard Feigen Gallery, New York; Jewish Museum, New York; included in travelling exhibition, Aspects of British art, originating at Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1967
Included in São Paulo Bienal, Brazil, and receives Grand Prize

1970
Included in Venice biennale, Italy

1976
Receives first prize at British international print biennial, Bradford Galleries and Museums, Bradford, England

1978
Travelling solo exhibition, Richard Smith, recent work 1972-1977: paintings, drawings and graphics, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Moves to New York

1979
Solo exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1980
Completes Cartouche Series of wall hangings at Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York

1982
Completes Field and Streams Series of mixed media prints at Tyler Graphics Ltd

1984
Included in exhibition, Prints from Tyler Graphics, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1985
Included in travelling exhibition, Pop Art: 1955-1970, organised by the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and shown at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1986
Included in exhibition, Forty Years of Modern Art, 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London

1987
Included in travelling exhibition, British Art in the 20th century, originating at Royal Academy of Art, London

1991
Included in travelling exhibition, Pop Art, originating at Royal Academy of Art, London

1993
Included in exhibition, The sixties art scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2004
Included in exhibition, Art from the ‘60s – this was tomorrow, Tate Britain, London

2005
Included in the exhibition, Stroll on! Aspects of British abstract art in the sixties, Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland

2007
Included in exhibition, Paintings from the noughties, at Letterkenny Arts Centre, Donnegal, Ireland

2009
Included in exhibition, Summer exhibition, at Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

2011
Solo exhibition, Richard Smith at 80, at Flowers Gallery, London, England

2013
Solo exhibition, Richard Smith, at Flowers Gallery, New York City

Richard Smith currently lives and works in Long Island, New York

© Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated September 2014