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JOHN FIRTH-SMITH (b. 1943)
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JOHN FIRTH-SMITH (b. 1943)

Rhythms #2

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JOHN FIRTH-SMITH (b. 1943)
Rhythms #2
signed, dated and inscribed 'JOHN FIRTH-SMITH/RHYTHMS #2/2002/Firth-Smith 02' (on the reverse)
oil on linen
91.5 x 274 cm
Provenance
Private collection, Melbourne
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Lot Essay

"Ingrained with the authority of vital experience, Firth-Smith's work has an exuberant painterliness that invites a rich diversity of interpretation. On a formal level the paintings are primarily concerned with the expressive, evocative effects of paint as a medium, yet there exists an invigorating sense of freedom, manifesting the painter's spirited rejection of ideology and artistic certitude." (G. Wilson, John Firth-Smith: A Voyage That Never Ends, Sydney 2000, p. 10)

Critic, John McDonald, writes passionately of the power and beauty in Firth-Smith's paintings. "Firth-Smith's paintings seek to capture a moment when our infinite and earthly perceptions of the world give way to intimations of the infinite. Grounded in simple observations of the harbour, the rusty hull of a ship, or the ripples in a pool of water, they point towards a higher form of vision which can only be suggested visually, not verbalised exhaustively These works transform the stuff of experience so as to invoke a higher reality beyond that of sensory perception. It is this gesture that lends Firth-Smith's paintings so much power." (G. Wilson, op cit. p. 162)
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