Creation and Crucifixion

Jack Smith, Between 1955 and 1956

WAG 1236

About this object

© Jack Smith, courtesy Flowers Gallery.

This painting won first prize in the first John Moores exhibition, held in 1957. Aspects of Smith's work at this time linked him with 'Kitchen Sink' realism. His domestic interiors were littered with everyday objects; his colours were earthy and rather sombre and there is the suggestion of a rough and-ready assemblage.

In fact Smith was not interested in painting real life but, as the title suggests, the capacity of the everyday to become miraculous or mystical. He conveys this through the handling of light. His concern with light anticipates his later development towards geometrical abstraction and colour pattern.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Creation and Crucifixion 1957; Creation and Crucifixion
  • Artist(s)
    Jack Smith (British: English, born:18 June 1928, died:11 June 2011)
  • Date
    Between 1955 and 1956
  • Materials
    Oil; Board
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 243.8 cm x 304.3 cm
  • Physical description
    An abstract depiction of a house interior including a clothes line, step ladder and a kitchen table and chairs. The objects are sharply defined and arranged without perspective.
  • Related people
    Sir John Moores (Previous owner); Jack Smith (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1236
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Sir John Moores in 1957
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 15
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Sir John Moores

    Owned from: 1957
    How acquired: John Moores Exhibition First Prize Winner
    Owned until: 1957-11
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Jack Smith 55 / 56
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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