CANADIAN PAINTER GORDON SMITH, A BELOVED MASTER, HAS DIED AT 100

Smith, known for his large-scale abstract canvases, was 'much loved' and kept creating until he died.

Gordon Smith works on one his works for his exhibition Black Paintings about his time as an Intelligence Officer in World War II. (CBC Arts)

Gordon Smith, a Canadian painter known for his large-scale abstract work and influence on other artists, died on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020. He was 100.

Smith was born in East Brighton, England in 1919 and came to Winnipeg in 1933 where he enrolled at the Winnipeg School of Art. His career as a painter and teacher spanned right up until his death.

“A key figure in Canadian art, Smith lived his life with a generosity and grace that was a gift to the world,” said Vancouver’s Equinox Gallery in a statement.

Most of Smith’s work reflected the landscape and natural world around him. His pieces are often a sweeping tangle of form and colour.

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