Jack Wilkinson Smith

Jack Wilkinson Smith

1873-1949
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Jack Wilkinson Smith was born on February 7, 1873 in Paterson, NJ. As a teenager, Smith attended the Chicago Art Institute and also worked beneath artist Gardner Symons. Smith then went on to work as a commercial artist in Lexington, KY and later as a sketch artist for the Cincinnati Enquirer. During his time in Cincinnati, Smith studied at the Art Academy under Frank Duveneck and built his reputation with his front-line sketches during the Spanish-American war. Once his career was developed, Smith made his way to West coast’s  Alhambra, California. It was here that Smith utilized his recognition to assist in the establishment of  the Baltimore Salon which exhibited and sold works of art made by local artists. Interestingly, Smith switched from producing watercolor paintings to oil paintings upon his arrival to California. As an Impressionist painter, he traveled the along the coast in search for interesting scenes of landscapes, seascapes, and missions. For those paintings have made him one of California’s most prized Impressionist painters.
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In a shortened career of twenty-five years, with a focused dedication to artistic integrity, Richard Bunkall created a significant body of work that was both original and emotionally compelling. His early work expressed simpler themes; themes that he later developed into spiritual and iconic masterpieces. He was able to tell the story of humanity and its vulnerability through his art. He embraced and glorified the creations of man and ensconced them in monuments of his own making; adeptly portraying man’s desire to create something more permanent than himself.

Recognized by his peers and acclaimed by the critical establishment, he was honored with Individual Painting Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts twice within five years. Bunkall was also a revered teacher at the prominent academic institution Art Center College of Design. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of art, and was rewarded with respect and admiration from students, fellow instructors and administrators.

In 1994, Richard Bunkall was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He met this challenge with the same humor, strength and dignity he had maintained throughout his life. In his last year, while his physical strength diminished, his passion for painting did not. He was able to produce and work until nearly the end of his life. But perhaps it could be said that Richard Bunkall’s greatest achievement was the impact he made on all who knew him – shaping their lives as they watched the way he was finishing his.

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In a shortened career of twenty-five years, with a focused dedication to artistic integrity, Richard Bunkall created a significant body of work that was both original and emotionally compelling. His early work expressed simpler themes; themes that he later developed into spiritual and iconic masterpieces. He was able to tell the story of humanity and its vulnerability through his art. He embraced and glorified the creations of man and ensconced them in monuments of his own making; adeptly portraying man’s desire to create something more permanent than himself.

Recognized by his peers and acclaimed by the critical establishment, he was honored with Individual Painting Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts twice within five years. Bunkall was also a revered teacher at the prominent academic institution Art Center College of Design. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of art, and was rewarded with respect and admiration from students, fellow instructors and administrators.

In 1994, Richard Bunkall was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He met this challenge with the same humor, strength and dignity he had maintained throughout his life. In his last year, while his physical strength diminished, his passion for painting did not. He was able to produce and work until nearly the end of his life. But perhaps it could be said that Richard Bunkall’s greatest achievement was the impact he made on all who knew him – shaping their lives as they watched the way he was finishing his.

– See more at: http://www.richardbunkall.com/artist.asp#sthash.f6SxV0lA.dpuf

Mount Assiniboine, B.C.
Oil on canvas, 1913
20 x 24 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bradley
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