Jack Smith was a prominent member of the Kitchen Sink group of painters, a label that never particularly pleased him. Smith said of his paintings, possibly in response to suggestions of social commentary or political motive within the group, "that was my life at the time, that's all. I just painted the objects around me, I lived in that kind of house...If one had lived in a palace, one might have painted chandeliers". With monochromatic tones, 'Still Life with Tap' is typically drained of colour, emphasising the mundane and the ordinary. Smith achieved recognition early in his career with solo exhibitions at London's Beaux Arts Gallery between 1952 and 1954 and a retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1959. By the early 1960s, he had abandoned realist painting in favour of pursuing the prevailing trends of abstraction.
directly from the Artist
Private Collection to 2005
Julian Hartnoll, London
Private Collection 2005-2021
Arts Centre, Jack Smith: Paintings and Drawings 1949-1976, 31 January - 23 February 1977, illustrated page