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.
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.
2016 Richard Smith died in Patchogue, 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.
NATIONAL GALLERY PUBLICATIONS
- Workshop: The Kenneth Tyler Collection, Jane Kinsman (ed.), 2015
TYLER GRAPHICS PUBLICATIONS
- Cartouche Series, 1980