The artist

The artist Donald Smith was born in rural Lewis in 1926.

Responded to the enormous social and cultural shifts in post-war Europe and America, he was an outward looking artist with an internationalist perspective, a Gael with one foot in the culture of mainland Scotland, and one in the Outer Hebrides.

He developed an ambitious personal creative agenda, producing large-scale compositions based on the lives of island people.

Living and working in the crofting townships of the West Side of Lewis from 1974 to his death in 2014, he continued to exhibit new work, and contribute to the community through education and local organisations