Gordon Smith Donation

March 2, 2015


Acclaimed Canadian artist Gordon Smith donates personal art collection to
West Vancouver Museum

One of Canada’s most recognized and respected artists, Gordon Smith, has donated his personal art collection to the West Vancouver Museum.

Smith, who is a long time resident of West Vancouver, lives and works out of his iconic home designed by Arthur Erickson in 1965. The house and its surroundings continue to offer inspiration to the ninety-five year old artist, who has had numerous sold-out exhibitions. His home has been a studio, a gallery, and an important social gathering space for the artist for fifty years.  

An avid supporter of the visual arts, Smith also collected works by many notable Canadian artists. Some were presented to him and his late wife Marion as gifts, while others were purchased by the couple as a show of support for young artists. 

The collection donated to the Museum consists of works by artists such as Ian Wallace, Ann Kipling, Arabella Campbell, Rodney Graham, Attila Richard Lukacs, and Douglas Coupland, among others.

 The works add to the Museum’s growing collection and support the future growth of the institution. Says Smith: “West Vancouver has been my home for over fifty years. My work has been inspired by living here and I believe it is time to celebrate this by supporting the visual arts in the place I call home.”

For Michael Smith, Mayor of West Vancouver, “Gordon Smith’s important donation represents a real show of support for our community and is a very much appreciated step forward in meeting our vision for arts and culture.”  

Says Museum Director/Curator Darrin Morrison: “We are thrilled by Gordon’s generous donation, which brings tremendous recognition to the Museum. These works will enable us to continue to offer the very best in exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.”

A selection of works from the collection will be on display at the Museum on Saturday, March 14 from 11 to 5 pm, with a reception from 2 to 4 pm. Gordon Smith will be in attendance for the reception.

Contact: Darrin Morrison, Director/Curator
West Vancouver Museum
680-17th Street, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3T2
604.925.7296 | dmorrison@westvancouver.ca




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