Jules Andre Andre Smith
J. Andre Smith’s father was in the export business and had taken his family on a business trip to Hong Kong where Andre was born. Smith’s father died when the artist was very young and his mother brought the family back to America. He was educated at Cornell University where he earned a Master’s degree in Architecture. Smith was self- taught as an etcher and created his first plate in 1908.
When World War I broke out, Smith was one of the eight artists sent to the front with the American Expeditionary Forces for the purpose of sketching the men in action. One of his tasks was to design the Distinguished Service Cross. Smith’s leg had to be amputated as a result of his war experience and failing eyesight caused him to abandon etching in 1935.
In 1936, Smith created a series of fantastic watercolor images that were published in a book called “Art of the Subconscious”. Smith later established The Maitland Research Studio in Florida where artists and sculptors were invited to come and create in an experimental fashion. The institution is now a public museum.