'Landscapes & Works of the Imagination', 7-14 March 2015
A wide collection of the works of artist and illustrator Leo Gibbons Smith [1919 -2014] a former President of Herts Visual Arts will be exhibited at All Saints' Church, 90 Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 6DQ.
Sat 7 March, 11.00 - 4.00
Sun 8 March, 2.00- 4.00
Mon 9 March, 2.00- 4.00
Tues 10 March, 10.00 -12.00
Wed 11 March,11.00-1.00
Thurs 12 March, 2.00 – 4.00
Sat 14 March, 11.00 - 4.0
For more details contact 07913 283766
Leo Gibbons Smith
“My inner and outer vision moulded by professional experience is now providing an exciting landscape of the mind, so wide and so deep that it will require at least another lifetime to explore it.” Leo Gibbons Smith 1919 -2014
Although Leo Gibbons Smith started off in engineering as a teenager he was, from a young age, passionate about drawing. Whilst training with the RAF in Canada during World War 2 he designed posters for the local dances and produced sketches which were much acclaimed. On his return he made the decision to change careers and study at Hornsey Art College. Throughout that period he designed theatre sets for the Mountview Theatre Club and painted scenery for the London Palladium.
During his career Leo had various jobs in typography, design and illustration and was an art director in advertising and publicity. He worked for many years in art editorial for the Radio Times and, once he retired from the BBC, he devoted himself to working with various prestigious art societies. He was president of the Herts Visual Arts Forum and the United Society of Artists, vice president of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists and director of the Federation of British Artists.
Leo spent the last 56 years of his life living in Hertfordshire where he enjoyed travelling around the countryside painting landscapes. He also explored further afield to find new inspiration and particularly loved Wales. He experimented with various approaches, subject matters and mediums, and was often commissioned as a portraitist.
His work was sold through prominent London art venues including the Mall Gallery and Westminster Central Hall. He also exhibited through group and one man shows at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Pastel Society, the New English Art Club, the Royal Water Colour Society Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery Hitchen, the Wylliot’s Centre in Potters Bar and at the Edinburgh Festival.