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Gordon Appelbe Smith

June 18 1919 - January 18 2020

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member)
Royal Canadian Academy (ARCA 1959 RCA 1967)

Gordon Appelbe Smith was born in Hove, Sussex, England, in 1919. He came to Canada in 1934, where he first lived in Winnipeg, studying at the Winnipeg School of Art from 1937-40. After the war he taught at the Vancouver School of Art from 1945 to 1956, and then at UBC.

He was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

Smith exhibited his work in the 1947 B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition and the 1948 Stanley Park in Pictures exhibition, both at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He also exhibited work in the regular B.C. Artists exhibitions in 1944 to 1948, 1950 to 1955, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts for many years, from 1944 to 1958 (including the 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949), 1960, 1962, and 1965-66. He did the cover image for the exhibition catalogue in 1950.

He submitted four works to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, three of them were selected for the exhibition.

Smith continued to be a major Vancouver artist until his death at home in 2020, with many major solo exhibitions at public and private galleries.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1944 Feb. 8 - 27 21 Watercolours VAG
1947 June 10 - 29 Paintings & Sketches VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Poles and Potlatch
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Poles and Potlatch
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Tsawwassan
Oolichan Fishing
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Summer Stillness
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Summer Stillness
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual August, 1945
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Howe Sound
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Street Scene, Vancouver
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Kulleet Bay Indian Reserve
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Freight Yards
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Desolation
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Point Atkinson Lighthouse
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Gwayasdums, Guilford Island
Fishing Boats
1948 July 27 - Aug. 15 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Spring in the Park
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual The Ironer (drypoint)
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Swamp Lanterns
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic Nature Forms
Rock Forms
Abstraction #1 (rejected)
Abstraction #2
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Freight Yard
Beach Forms
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Still Life


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING
THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

B.C. PAINTINGS BURNABY 58 (refer to BAG58)

B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)

7 WEST COAST PAINTERS (refer to VIF59)

3rd BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG65)

SOME PAINTERS OF THE B.C. MAINLAND (refer to AGGV66)

PAINTING '66 - VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL AWARD EXHIBITION (refer to BCA66)

4th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG67)

JOY AND CELEBRATION - VANCOUVER SUMMER 1967 (refer to UBC67)

WESTERN PRINTMAKERS (refer to WCAC67)

5th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG69)

B.C. ARTISTS' TRIBUTE TO COLIN GRAHAM (refer to AGGV74)

PAPERWORKS: Contemporary works on paper by BC artists (refer to AGGV78)

PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

ARTROPOLIS 1990 (refer to ART90)

64 - 94 CONTEMPORARY DECADES (refer to ECU94)

ART UNLEASHED! (1997) (refer to ECU97)

GENERATIONS - FIVE DECADES OF ART IN WEST VANCOUVER 1912 - 1962 (refer to WVMA99)

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)

RICHMOND ART GALLERY 25:25 - 1980-2005 (refer to RAG05)

VISIONS OF THE WEST COAST - ROBERT ALLER & HIS COMMUNITY (refer to UVIC05)

PAINT - A PSYCHEDELIC PRIMER (refer to VAG06)

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)

VISIONS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VAG09)

ON THE NATURE OF THINGS (refer to KaAG11)

SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)

COTTAGES TO COMMUNITIES (refer to WVHS11)

THE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE - FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING (refer to BAG17)

88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)

References - GENERAL

MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE - B.C. CENTENNIAL ISSUE (refer to MAC58)

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME ONE, by University of Toronto Press
      1971; ISBN 0-8020-3262-1
      "A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
      Includes 1-1/4 columns of information about Smith, confirmed by the artist

GORDON SMITH: 3 VIEWS by Joan Lowndes
      artscanada, Issue 208/209, Oct./Nov. 1976, pages 48-50.
      Review of Smith's 30 year retrospective exhibition at VAG.
      2 works illustrated; includes footnotes.

THE SHELL CANADA COLLECTION (refer to SHEL77)

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

THE ALMA MATER SOCIETY ART COLLECTION -
University of British Columbia 1948 - 1988

      No ISBN, 64 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes history of the collection, artist biographies

CARMANAH - ARTISTIC VISIONS OF AN ANCIENT RAINFOREST
      1989, 168 pages; Western Canada Wilderness Committee; ISBN 0-9692230-5-6
      100 B.C. artists participated including LeRoy Jensen, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

ART BC, MASTERWORKS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA by Ian M. Thom
      2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
      232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes 2 sections on Smith, 2 works illustrated in colour.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      16 references cited for Smith.

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
     4 pages of references to the artist.

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     6 references to Smith.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

" ... "Poles and Potlatch," by Gordon A. Smith, is a watercolour to remember ... "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

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