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

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