1925 – December 2005
For more that forty years Bruce Smith celebrated his joy in the world around him by capturing light on canvas. His work has been described by curators such as Joan Murray, Director Emeriti of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and now Executive Director of the McMicheal Gallery, as having its own “assured sense of touch and sonorous colour”. Smith “is an original”, Murray said, “with complete faith in his own way of seeing – a way which is divided between a appreciation of the world around us and that is decorative”. Smith created his own peculiarly Canadian brand of modernism.
Other curators such as Steve McCanse of Canadian Art Inc. call Smith a “highly skilled artist whose paintings pay homage to the great French Post-Impressionists”. “There’s a hint of Vincent Van Gogh in the brushwork and palette”, says McCanse, “and a nod to Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse in the composition”.
Smith is represented in many public and private collections including: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The Market Gallery, The University of Toronto Art Collection, The Collection of Lord Kenneth Thompson, The Varley Gallery and The Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery.
Bruce Smith was born in Oshawa and was resident of Toronto and the town of Georgina until his passing in December, 2005.