Ed Smith, Abstract Botanical Pattern - Original 1965 watercolour painting

An original 1965 watercolour painting, Ed Smith Abstract Botanical Pattern.

A wonderfully energetic floral composition in charcoal and watercolour. The artist has created a dazzling patterned effect with a striking colour palette. Inscribed verso: "gone to Malaga for paper - back this afternoon", suggesting this was drawn in Spain.

Signed and dated lower right.
The thick paper bears two creases at the upper right, which would be covered by a mount. There are three pin-holes near the image at the upper left.
16.4cm x 29.3cm.

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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