Ed Smith, Abstract Botanical Composition - Original 1966 watercolour painting

An original 1966 watercolour painting, Ed Smith Abstract Botanical Composition.

An impressive dynamic composition of organic layered forms. In charcoal and watercolour, with a particularly pleasing colour palette.

Signed and dated centre-right.
There is a vertical crease in the paper upper-centre of the image, which has caused a short tear. There are three or four further very minor soft creases in the paper which are barely visible.
34.4cm x 27.2cm.

This is one of three drawings we have acquired by Ed Smith (1923-1988). Born in Detroit, Smith joined the Art Students League in New York. After the Second World War, he spent time in Paris, studied at the Royal Academy of Art in London in the 1940s, and showed at the Arts Council in 1948. A major Ed Smith Retrospective was held at the John Denham Gallery in London in 1991.

Bridging the styles of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, his drawings are a visual feast of line, layering and colour. Smith's subjects included New York bridges, abstract or surreal landscapes and architectural structures, and astute portraits of down-and-out characters.


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