|Jack Wilkinson Smith|
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"Lake in High Sierra"
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
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Jack Wilkinson Smith was born in Paterson, New Jersey on February 7, 1873. Smith inherited his interest in art from his father who painted some of the decorations in the Capitol Building in Albany, New York. While in his teens, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was apprenticed to artist George Gardner Symons in Chicago. He later worked as a commercial artist in Lexington, Kentucky and went on to become a staff artist with the Cincinnati Enquirer. While in Cincinnati, he studied at the Art Academy under Duveneck. During the Spanish American War (1898) his frontline sketches brought him national renown.
In 1906 he settled in Alhambra, California and established a studio-home in the Eucalyptus grove called "Artist's Alley" where his neighbors included Eli Harvey, Frank Tenney Johnson, and summer resident Norman Rockwell. Smith was largely responsible for establishing the Biltmore salon which exhibited and sold works by local artists during the early part of the century. In the Midwest he had worked in watercolor, however, upon moving to Los Angeles he switched to oil. His sierra landscapes, missions and marines, have made him one of California most important painters. Smith died in Monterrey Park, California on January 8, 1949.
Member: California Art Club (cofounder-press); Sketch Club of Los Angeles (cofounder); Laguna Beach Painters; Allied Art Alliance; Salmagundi Club; California Watercolor Society.
Exhibited: LACMA, 1918 ( solo ); Stendahl Galleries, LA; Biltmore salon, LA; GGIE, 1939. Awards: bronze and silver medals, Sacramento Expo, 1919; second prize phoenix Expo, 1920, first prize, 1920, first prize, 1922; gold medal, Painters of the west, 1924, 1929.
Works held: Laguna Beach Museum; Springville (UT) Museum; Phoenix Municipal Collection.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print