Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


John Smith

Funny Old World

Top Pick

David Musgrave, Vanessa Jackson, Matt Calderwood, Sacha Craddock

Year 2016
Medium Collage of Christmas cracker jokes and pencil drawing
Dimensions 21 x 29.3 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Wed 26 April, 2017 at 9:00pm

John Smith:

John Smith (b. 1952, London) lives and works in London. He studied at North-East London Polytechnic (1971-1974) and the Royal College of Art (1974-1977). He has been awarded major prizes at many international film festivals including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2011); and was the winner of Film London’s Jarman Award (2013). Select solo exhibitions include: Films in Sheep's Clothing, Alma Zevi, Venice Biennale (2017); John Smith, Kate MacGarry, London (2016); Hotel Diaries, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (2016); The Kiss, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris (2014); and Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012). Select group exhibitions include: Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London (2017); Between Film and Photography, FOMU Museum, Antwerp (2017); After the Fact: Propaganda in the 21st Century, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); Found, Foundling Museum, London (2016); Invocable Reality, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (2014); Constellations, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2013); Has The Film Already Started?, Tate Britain, London (2011); A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London (2004); Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000) and The British Art Show, UK touring exhibition (1984). His work is held public and private collections including Tate Gallery; Arts Council England; MoMA, New York; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg; FRAC Ile de France; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and and Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami.