Biography

I first saw the work of Jeremy Smith in what I consider to be the ideal condition for experiencing art - in the house of my friend, George Thomson. This was a commanding large drawing of a woman in a bathtub - one of the timeless themes of artists. Later I saw in the same house another large drawing of a standing male nude.

 

Marianne Moore once defined art as that which cannot be regarded with detachment; these works seem to have that quality. They are, of course, the products of a highly developed and disciplined mind and hand. (In an earlier era "Mens et Manus" was chosen as the mottos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.) Later, in Mira Godard's gallery, I saw a Jeremy Smith of a passenger in a commercial airliner. We have all had this experience. I have sometimes thought: this (flying) must mean something, must have some deep (perhaps unconscious) significance; there must be some way to express this so that the person seeing the work will be engaged (not detached) by the image's encapsulating of a human experience. Jeremy Smith has done this.

 

- Alex Colville, 1988

JEREMY SMITH was born in 1946 in Louth, England and moved to Canada in 1948. He took his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and French from the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1969. He then studied Japanese brush technique in Tokyo from 1969-71. Exhibiting at the Mira Godard Gallery since 1972, Smith has become one of Canada's highly regarded contemporary realists. His work has been shown at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo New York; Fischer Fine Arts in London, England; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia; and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick among others. His work can also be found in many private and corporate collections; public collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the London Regional Art Gallery, and the Hamilton Art Gallery.

 

Jeremy Smith currently lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario.

Works
  • mariko and emiko by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Mariko and Emiko, 2020
    egg tempera on masonite
    22 1/2 x 22 5/8 in.
  • elevator 2019 by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Elevator 2019, 2019
    egg tempera on masonite
    28 5/8 x 28 5/8 in.
  • nude and shadow by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Nude and Shadow, 2019
    egg tempera on masonite
    19 5/8 x 24 3/4 in.
  • girl and stained glass window by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Girl and Stained Glass Window, 2018
    egg tempera on masonite
    24 x 23 5/8 in.
  • landscape near orangeville by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Landscape near Orangeville, 2018
    egg tempera on masonite
    12 5/8 x 19 3/8 in.
  • emiko #2 by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Emiko #2, 2019
    pencil on paper
    14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.
  • emiko with one braid by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Emiko with One Braid, 2019
    pencil on paper
    14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.
  • roos island by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Roos Island, 2019
    pencil and charcoal on paper
    12 3/4 x 16 1/2 in.
  • self portrait in the time and style of anthony van dyke by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Self Portrait in the Time and Style of Anthony Van Dyke, 2018
    pencil on paper
    24 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.
  • windy day, lake joseph by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Windy Day, Lake Joseph, 2017
    pencil on paper
    16 3/4 x 26 5/8 in.
  • young girl by jeremy smith
    JEREMY SMITH
    Young Girl, 2017
    pencil on paper
    14 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.
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