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Videos / January 5, 2016

Gordon Smith in his Vancouver Home

Vancouver painter Gordon Smith lives and works in an incredible Modernist house—take a look inside.

Vancouver painter Gordon Smith has an incredible house. The building, nestled in West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park, is profiled in a new video created by Ryan Willms, founder of Inventory magazine, for Nowness. In a Canadian Art feature on the veteran artist, who is now 96 years old, Eric Andrew-Gee wrote that, “In 1965, [Arthur] Erickson designed Smith a house in West Vancouver. You arrive in Smith’s driveway, and, at first, you don’t even think, ‘here is a house.’ It has a timeless, even a placeless, quality. Wood beams hover unobtrusively in midair, stained a camouflaging forest green. Whole walls are made of glass. The house is as much lens as it is habitation. As curator Scott Watson puts it to me, ‘The city went from Edwardian values and lifestyles to contemporary ones because of people like Gordon and his wife. They were proselytizers for the modern.’”