Broadway Gallery launches its new art space on 24 February with a vibrant solo exhibition of painting and prints by Richard Smith, born in Letchworth Garden City.
Reunion celebrates Richard rich body of work spanning six decades. Audiences will be able to enjoy a selection of his drawings, paintings, collages and prints and discover more about the artist through a series of interviews, photographs and books.
Renowned for his bold and vibrant use of colour and texture, Richard Smith has long been recognised as one of the important painters of his generation. His work is currently held in collections around the world from the Tate Modern in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Richard has cited the Letchworth arts and crafts movement as a source of inspiration for his work and a key component in his development as an artist. Laura Dennis, Visual Arts Curator of Broadway Gallery said: “Richard’s vibrant and joyful paintings are the perfect way to celebrate the opening of the Broadway Gallery, and it’s fantastic to be able to show these wonderful works back in the artist’s home town’’
Richard Smith is a painter and printmaker born in Letchworth Garden City in 1931. He attended art school in Luton and St Albans before attending the Royal College of Art from 1954 to 1957. From 1959 to 1961 he lived in New York on a Harkness Fellowship, producing work that was abstract and concerned with the formal use of space and colour.