Smith, David 1920-1994 British AR, Shanghai
Smith, David 1920-1994 British AR, Shanghai. 22 x 29.5 ins., (56 x 75 cms.), Watercolour, Signed. The view over Shanghai features in the foreground the famous old bridge, The Garden Bridge, which was actually built by the British, it is adjacent to the Astor Hotel.
David Smith studied at the Slade, but was distinctly critical of the attitude of his teachers, who dismissed Van Gogh and the Fauves, painters he loved. He felt he should never have gone to art college. While in the RAF, he had been asked to make sketches on bombing raids, which proved very popular. He spent much of his life going on expeditions to far off locations to paint, such as Japan and Antarctica, where he produced a fine body of work, which was exhibited at the Commonwealth Institute. Impressed by his Antarctica paintings the officers of Trinity House asked him to undertake the mammoth task of recording all the lighthouses in England and Wales. In his latter years he became very famous in Japan and held many exhibitions there. He loved the busy streets with their sounds and movement, as can be seen in the picture we have for sale.
Auction Date: June 2015