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Mosaic Mural
Title
Mosaic Mural
Artist
Smith, Gordon
Date
1965
Medium
glass
Type
tile mural
Owner
SFU Art Collection
Accession Number
NA
Location
Simon Fraser University
Category
Public Access SFU Art
Collection
Public Art
Lat/Long
49.279161,-122.917386
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Gordon Smith’s double Venetian tile mosaics, simply entitled Mosaic Mural, were SFU’s first art acquisitions. Each mural consists of approximately 90, 000 Venetian tiles, best viewed in the evening summer light. They face each other along the sides of the west Academic Quadrangle ‘portal’, across from the pond.
Gordon Applebe Smith (1919- ) was born in Sussex, England and is a Canadian painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher living in West Vancouver. Smith moved to Winnipeg from Sussex in 1933, where he studied at the Winnipeg School of Art. After serving as an intelligence officer in WWII, Smith moved to Vancouver to continue studying art and eventually become an instructor. Smith has been extremely active in the art community in Vancouver; in 1989 he co-founded Artists for Kids, an organization whose mission is to provide enriching art education for young people. Awards and Honours include First Prize at the Biennial of Canadian Art (1955), Senior Fellowship from the Canada Council (1960), an Honourary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University (1973), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Allied Arts Medal (1980), Professor Emeritus from the University of British Columbia (1983), and an Honourary Doctorate from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1995). Gordon Smith received the Governor General's Award for Visual Art in 2009, and has been appointed to both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.