Edward Lucie-Smith was born in 1933 at Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to Britain in 1946, and was educated at King´s School, Canterbury and Merton College, Oxford, where he read History. Subsequently he was an Education Officer in the R.A.F., then worked in advertising for ten years before becoming a freelance author. He is now an internationally known art critic and historian, who is also a published poet (member of the Académie Européenne de Poésie, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), an anthologist and a practicing photographer, whose work is represented in the National Portrait Gallery in London, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. He has published more than a hundred books in all, including a biography of Joan of Arc (cited by the Encylopaedia Britannica as "further reading" in the appendix to its article on Joan and recently republished by Peguin Books in paperback as a "classic biography"), and a historical novel, and more than sixty books about art, chiefly but not exclusively about contemporary work. He is generally regarded as both the most prolific and the most widely published writer on art, with sales for some titles totalling over 250,000 copies. A number of his art books, among them Movements in Art since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world. Movements in Art since 1945, first published in 1969, has been continuously in print since that date, and has been completely updated five times since first publication. A new edition was published in March 2001. Other well-known texts include Sexuality in Western Art and 20th Century Latin American Art. The latter is regarded as the best concise account of a notoriously complex subject. It has been translated into Spanish and is widely used in Latin America itself. In addition to writing on art he has written extensively on craft and on industrial design, where his books include The Story of Craft, A History of Industrial Design and A Concise History of Furniture. Other texts include American Realism (1994) and Ars Erotica (1997). Recent publications are Adam, a book on the male nude (1998, Orion, London/Rizzoli, NY); and Zoo (1998,Watson-Guptill, NY/Aurum, London) an anthology of animal images. He has also recently published Judy Chicago: An American Vision (1999, Watson-Guptill), the first full career survey of the work of the leading American feminist artist. His books have been translated into many languages, among them French, Italian, Spanish (where he has six titles in the Mundo del Arte series published by El Destino in Barcelona), German, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Korean and Chinese. Movements in Art appeared in October 2001 in Farsi. The translator is the director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been curator of a number of exhibitions, including three Peter Moores Projects at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, (surveys of contemporary British art), The New British Painting (which toured US venues in 1988-90) and two artist retrospectives, Lin Emery and George Dunbar, both for the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has been a jury member for the John Moores prize exhibition in Liverpool, and for biennials in Cairo, Sharjah, Alexandria and Belgrade. He was recently curator of "New British Art". at the Orion Gallery in Ostend (April-June 2001), and of "New Classicism: Artists of the Ideal", which opened at Palazzo Forti, Verona, on 19th April 2002 and ran until 15th September.. This included circa 30 artists from eight different countries. A number of artists associated with the St Petersburg Novia Akademia took part: Olga Tobreluts, Genia Chef and Maslov and Kuznetsov. A book of his Collected and Selected Poems entitled "Changing Shape" was published by the Carcanet Press in February 2002. He has lectured in numerous countries including the United States, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Australia, Turkey, Iran, Korea, Hong Kong. Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain he was for many years a well-known broadcaster, appearing regularly on the BBC arts discussion programme The Critics and its successor Critics´ Forum. His appearances on these programmes spanned a period of twenty years. He has written for many leading British newspapers and periodicals, among them The Times of London (where at one time he had a regular column), the London Evening Standard (whose critic he was for two years), the New Statesman, the Spectator and Encounter. He writes regularly for Art Review, and also for Index on Censorship, both on art and on other topics, such as the Internet. He also writes for La Vanguardia in Barcelona. His photographs have recently been the subject of solo exhibitions in London, Brussels Barcelona and Tel Aviv, plus an exhibition shared with two other British artists held in Rome.
Another solo show, featuring very large digital images, was held in London in September 2001. The photographs were originally commissioned by BBC television for a programme called "Taboo", part of a series on censorship. A book of his photographs, "Flesh & Stone", was published by the French imprint Ipso Facto Publishers, in October 2000. In 2002 there will be solo exhibitions in Rome [September] and at the Marble Palace in St Petersburg [October]. In addition there will be an American museum show, at the Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown Ohio, which opens in January 2003/ His works are represented in: National Portrait Gallery, London; Reina Sofia, Madrid; New Orleans Museum of Art; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel, Germany; Frissiras Museum, Athen. The exhibition consists largely of photographs made on commission for BBC television, for the first in a series of programmes entitled "Taboo". The "Taboo" discussed in this particular programme was nudity, especially male nudity, and I was filmed as I created the images using two models [who had never met each other previously] in a studio. The point I wanted to make was this - that while people think eroticism is something the camera simply records, taking place in front of the lens, in fact it is often something **constructed* by the person using the camera. The studio was full of people, including a complete camera crew, and no erotic activity took place. The images nevertheless have a very romantic and "private" quality. There will be images digitally printed using a new hexachrome [8 colour process] pioneered by the British firm Chromograph Ltd. Even the black-and-whites will in fact be printed using 8 colours. The Managing Director of Chromograph, Owen Morgan, will be in St Petersburg to answer questions about new digital techniques. In addition there will be three more black-and-white images, plus some images of landscapes in colour, made in the course of my travels. The landscape images have been digitally altered in subtle ways, chiefly by stretching the scans laterally. Interestingly enough, these alterations are impossible to detect, unless one has been told about them.