Artist: David Smith 1920-1998 Painter using a richly Expressionist palette, draughtsman, printmaker and teacher, born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where he attended the Technical School, also Lowestoft and Norwich Schools of Art. From 1939-40 Smith was visiting art master at Framlingham College, then he served in Royal Air Force, 1940-45; a collection ofhis Air Force pictures toured the country in aid of a Forces' charity, finishing at Cooling Gallery, opened by Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader. After the war Smith studied at Slade School of Fine Art, winning the Abbey Major Rome Scholarship at the British School, Rome, 1949. Further teaching included senior lecturer in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art, 1965-79. Smith was elected RE in 1951, also showing at the RA, LG, New Art Centre and elsewhere. He had over 60 solo shows in Britain and abroad, later ones including retrospective at Evesham Arts Festival, 1990; a major show at Sogo Art Gallery , Yokohama, J apan, 1991 ; and a retrospective at Bankside Gallery, 1996. Smith sold well in Japan, where he painted all the major harbours. He was official artist to the British Antarctic Survey, 1975- 76, with a second voyage in 1979-80. In 1982-84 he was invited by Trinity House to record the lighthouses of England and Wales. He illustrated Richard Woodman's book View from the Sea and Anthony Fogg's The Discovery of Antarctica. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, Barclays Bank and many other corporate and private collections hold examples, as well as public galleries in Blackpool, Lincoln, Portsmouth, Sheffield and elsewhere. Lived in London. Subject:Panoramic view of the Island of Martinique. Executed 1996 Size: 22 cms x 169 cms approx.
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I am Chinfineart & have been dealing in antique drawings, old prints & antique paintings 16c-20c for 40 years. I also currently represent two well established current artists: Lorenzo Maria Bottari & Richard Ennis who have good auction & Museum records. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Am represented at ebay & Antiques.co.uk. Fine Art 16c-21c Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Prints & Sculpture. Delivery quotations and further details upon request. Chin fine art guarantees authenticity of all the works they have for sale please email if you require further images or details. We are a London, United Kingdom based firm from the famous Portobello road The Admiral Vernon Arcade and we ship worldwide please ask us for details. I have always had an interest in antique books & antique art since I was young. I started dealing in Fine art & Antique Book dealing when I graduated in Philosophy at King’s College, London in 1974 & begun teaching. I found a bedsit in Notting Hill Gate a stone’s throw away from Portobello Rd. I then learnt that I could supplement my rent & living expenses by dealing in antique books & antique pictures. I took four stalls under the big tent three quarters of the way down Portobello Rd every Saturday & begun selling second hand antique books to begin with & then antique prints, antique drawings & antique watercolours as & when I find them, buying from antique dealers in the market. It was a good place to meet up with collectors & dealers all over the world; many of them also took up stands to sell. A few of them have kept in contact & still doing business with me down the years. Whilst down that end of Portobello I must mention that a youngish French couple turned up early one morning & came to ask me where the toilets were & where to get a breakfast. I naturally pointed out to them how to get to the toilets, which were literally across the road. And I bought them breakfast. They were so grateful that when they left at the end of the day they came up & gave me bits & pieces of antiques & a collection of antique 18c copper plates of French/Italian erotic subjects! I had a few sets printed by the V & A, put a set up at Parker Auctions last year & it fetched £800.00! I am now going to make a limited edition set of, say, 900 copies & ask £900.00 a set for them. I can also publish a book of them selling at, say, £20.00 a copy. Pity is that I cannot now trace the French couple to thank them. And I hope no one now come to claim that they are the French couple! They will get a knock on the head. After nine years I moved up Portobello Rd & took a stand at a big corner shop at the junction of Elgin Crescent. I was in the position then of seriously buying & selling antique drawings & antique paintings & meeting up with & making good clients. I here met up with a most important client. He was Joseph Galea-Naudi from Malta, the curator of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the most important in Malta, they have 400 other cathedrals & churches. He bought from me as a Collector, invited me over to stay with him in Malta many times & I always brought him Old Master Paintings, antique drawings & antique prints which he hardly turned down. He also introduced me to his friend who owned many hotels in Gozo & I was chosen to value his collection of Old Master paintings & antique drawings. It was about this time that I must have come across Iain Brunt who now runs Antiques.co.uk. Am happy that he started this company & has moved on from strength to strength. I then moved on to Pembridge Villas at the top of Portobello Rd. & established a gallery. I started representing artists like the well-known Sicilian-Italian artist Lorenzo Maria Bottari & organised exhibitions for him with the help of Brian Sewell, the famous art critic who, sadly, has passed on. I finally moved on to organise Book & Ephemera Fairs at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury for about eight years, giving myself a stand to exhibit & sell my art works. I finally moved online, have a presence of about 1,200 items of stock at eBay at any one time. I kept running into Antiques.Co.Uk online whenever I searched for items or come across their advertisements. I got in touch with Iain Brunt who very kindly loaded up my eBay items at his site & am most grateful to him. I do the occasional Fairs & I give out the cards of Antiques.co.uk for Iain.
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