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Vic Joachim SMITH Study Bush Katydid CA 1981Signed listed Gall ink Watercolor


Wonderful  original gall ink and watercolor  Study of Katydids by the late (Vic) Joachim Smith, listed California artist. Signed and Dated 1981. The drawing is 11” by 15” . It is handmade oak gall ink and watercolor on paper.

It is a beautifully executed drawing of Bush Katydids. The drawing is laid on board. There is no damage to the art. The frame is a brown metal frame with glare proof glass.

The back of the frame has a logo from the previous gallery and a typed label affixed : Study of Bush Katydid and signed by Joachim Smith. Excellent condition.

The actual drawing measures: H 15” x W 15”
The frame measures: H 19 ½ “ x 23 ½ “

"Morphologie Autre", a 1962 group exhibition in Turin, Italy, placed Smith in the context of the metaphysical philosophies of Lao Tzu and others. Three other European shows of the '60s, which took place in Turin and Milan, placed Smith in the company of such American luminaries as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning, Sam Francis and Louise Nevelson.

But Smith mistrusted the art scene, ceasing to show in commercial galleries in 1970 and subsequently doing nothing to encourage any exhibition of his work. Several years later, he stopped painting, though he did continue to make delicately evocative pen-and-ink drawings of the natural world.

In 1975, Smith moved from Laguna Hills to Carbon Canyon, where he became an environmental activist. As a founding member of LIFE (Linking Intercounties for Environment), he worked on legislation to preserve the Chino Hills area, including the designation of Carbon Canyon Road as a scenic corridor and the creation of Chino Hills State Park, a 13,500-acre wildlife and hiking preserve spanning Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

Some biographical information for -

Acts of Drawings/ Lines of Change: Marking Stages of Transformation in the Work of Vic Joachim Smith: A Retrospective Exhibition [April 13 to May 15 1985; California State University, Fullerton]
By Peter on May 02, 2010

Two other works by Joachim Smith are:

Endangered Young Raptor, 1985 by the late Joachim (Vic) Smith at the Laguna Art Museum.

Vic Joachim Smith (American, 1929-1994) Icarus II, 1958 39 1/2 x 36 in. sold at Bonhams in 2011.

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