'Creation and Crucifixion' 1955- 56 - Jack Smith

Oil on board, 243.8 x 304.3cm

Accession Number WAG1236

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.