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Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949)
Jack Wilkinson Smith was born in Patterson, New Jersey, in 1873 to a father who was also an artist. His art studies were at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he later apprenticed to George Gardner Symons. Smith worked as a commercial artist in Kentucky and Ohio, where he also attended the Cincinnati Art Academy.
In 1906 Smith moved to a home in Alhambra, California, to an area known as “artist’s alley,” where his neighbors included Frank Tenney Johnson and summer resident Norman Rockwell. Smith was one of the central forces behind the Biltmore Salon, a successful venue for the works of local artists.
Jack Wilkinson Smith was celebrated for his sensitive brand of California impressionism. He traveled the west coast extensively, painting exceptional scenes of California’s High Sierras, Missions, and rocky coast. Smith died in Monterey Park, California in 1949.
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