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Monster
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: University of Southampton

Monster

Ray Smith (1949–2018)

University of Southampton

Versatile sculptor and painter, teacher and editor, who drew on popular and media images in his work, as in prizewinning picture Surface Tension at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, 1989–90. Smith was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and graduated from Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, 1971. He had his first solo show in Cambridge in 1970. Smith was a self-employed artist from 1974, mainly working to commission. Among his major public commissions were works for Southampton General Hospital, 1985; Tesco Stores, Slough, 1990; Milton Keynes Development Corporation, 1992; and Leeds Development Agency, 1994. Smith had many solo exhibitions, including Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 1987, and Winchester Gallery, 1990. In group exhibitions he participated in Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Fourth National Exhibition, 1983–4, and John Moores, 1987.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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