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BIOGRAPHY FOR JACK WILKINSON SMITH (1873 - 1949)

Jack Wilkinson Smith was part of a select group of artists known as the "Ten Painters Club of California". The other members included Maurice Braun (1877-1941), Benjamin Brown (1865-1942), R. Clarkson Colman (1884-1945), Edgar Payne (1883-1947), Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972), Guy Rose (1867-1925), Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929), Marion Wachtel (1870-1954) and William Wendt (1865-1946).

An Impressionist artist, Jack Wilkinson Smith was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He was the son of an artist that painted some of the decorations in the Capitol Building in Albany, New York.

As a teenager, Jack Wilkinson Smith, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and apprenticed with artist Gardner Symons (1863-1930). He subsequently was employed as a commercial artist and painter in Lexington, Kentucky and then went on to become a sketch artist with the Cincinnati Enquirer. While in Cincinnati, Jack Wilkinson Smith studied at the Art Academy under Frank Duveneck (1848-1919).



Painting by Jack Wilkinson Smith titled: In the High Sierras.

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In 1906, Jack Wilkinson Smith moved to Alhambra, California and established a studio in an area known as "Artists Alley". There he was neighbors with Eli Harvey, Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) and Norman Rockwell who lived there in the summer. Jack Wilkinson Smith helped to establish both the Biltmore Salon and the Sketch Club. Jack Wilkinson Smith had worked in watercolors when he was in the Midwest, but in Los Angeles, California he began painting with oil. He traveled all over the state in search of subject matter and is well known for his Sierra landscapes, mission scenes and seascapes.

Jack Wilkinson Smith passed away on Jan. 8, 1949 in Monterey Park, California.


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JACK WILKINSON SMITH MEMBERSHIPS

Academy of Western Painters
Allied Art Association
California Art Club (President 1920-1921), Pasadena, California
California Watercolor Society
Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, California
Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
Sketch Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


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