THE MUSIC OF THE BILL SMITH ENSEMBLE
signed and dated ‘80 on the reverse; also signed, titled and dated 1980 on the overflap and on the stretcher
72 ins x 60 ins; 182.9 cms x 152.4 cms
March 15, 2018
Abstract Expressionism and Jazz
Gordon Rayner (1935-2010) first appeared on the Toronto art scene in the late 1950s at a time when Abstract Expressionism had captured the imagination of young Toronto artists. Beginning as a commercial artist, Rayner was introduced to painting by his friend, Dennis Burton, with whom he shared an interest in jazz. Jazz was an integral part of the Toronto art scene, and Rayner (a drummer) became part of the long-lived Artists’ Jazz Band along with three other local artists.
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