Gord Smith is considered one of Canada’s greatest post-war sculptors. His imposing mural, Canada Screen, was commissioned by the Canadian government for Expo ’67. His work, which finds inspiration in both music and nature, shows tremendous technical versatility that manifests itself in remarkably diverse styles. Trained in architecture and engineering, Smith has carried out several public art commissions in Canada and the United States. His works from the past thirty years include massive bronze and steel sculptures whose components seem to rest in a precarious balance that defies the laws of gravity. Since 2003, he has explored the organic textures and “pixelated” surfaces of wooden dowels cut to various lengths and assembled in carefully composed sculptural compositions.

Study “Canada Screen” Expo 67, 1965, Painted steel.
© Gord Smith • Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay