Born in Manchester in 1944, Ken Smith has been making and exhibiting dynamic, humane, alluringly tactile sculptures since his mid-twenties. His work touches on themes that are both current and perennial, encompassing the range of human experience. Yet it is only recently that his uncannily empathetic, ecologically aware art has received the degree of public and critical attention it deserves.

Writing in the Financial Times in mid-2016, the art critic Jackie Wullschlager made Smith’s exhibition at Messum’s Gallery in London the main Critics’ Choice of the week. “This is Smith’s first [solo] ...


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