Richard Smiths work is hugely collected and although he may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries he is considered by many as the artist who bridged the gap between abstract art and pop art. His career spanned the most important era's of Modern British art and he found huge success in both his native Britain and his adopted America.
Richard Smith was born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. He studied at St Albans School of Art and later undertook post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London from 1954 to 1957. From 1957 to 1958 he was a lecturer at Hammersmith College of Art. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1959 and travelled to America and spent several years there painting and teaching, with his first one-man show at the Green Gallery, New York, in 1961.
The seventies were a huge decade for Smiths career as in 1970 he was the British representative at the Venice Biennale and in 1975 a retrospective exhibition of his work was exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London.
In 1976 he permanently settled in New York.
Works by Smith are in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.