Scatter Series 2010 Oil on canvas 165 x 230cm
image 2010, Lionel Smit, all rights reserved worldwide

 

PRESS RELEASE

Lionel


- Submerge: Solo Exhibition

OPENING AT 34FineArt, BUCHANAN SQUARE, WOODSTOCK 

October 12 – November 6, 2010

Lionel Smit is showing a new body of work at 34FineArt’s new space in Woodstock, Cape Town, during October. 
 
Born in Pretoria in 1982, this talented young artist lives and works in Cape Town, and has already established a substantial international following. Collectors ranging from the European Investment Bank to the Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa have taken to his art. Smit's popularity is indeed growing on a global scale, with a recent highlight being the use of an image of his for the cover of a Christie’s charity auction catalogue. With such intense interest in his work, 34FineArt is looking forward to hosting this special solo exhibition by Lionel Smit. 
 
“Painting to me is the release of energy…The finished picture is merely its physical manifestation, a kind of ‘residue’ of the actual work of art - which is the act of creating the painting itself.” - Lionel Smit.

People that become the subjects of his paintings are by no means wealthy, important or famous. They are not idealised or romanticised, but rather characters from our daily lives. He captures them as portraits in oil on canvas, evoking a compassionate sense of melancholy. As he paints, his artwork constantly evolves and develops, and working to a large size (dimensions in excess of two metres) finally provides a viewer the opportunity to examine closely the extraordinary layering of his painting technique. Smit takes great inspiration from American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). In viewing Submerge, one's eye is persistently drawn in to his use of Pollock’s classic dripping techniques which give great effect as expressive, broad brush strokes in earthy colours play out. 

The exhibition will also include Lionel Smit’s latest sculpture, executed in a variety of media.
 
There is no doubt that the impressive body of work under the title Submerge will create a stir among visitors and collectors. 


34FineArt
Second Floor Hills Building, Buchanan Square 
160 Sir Lowry Road
Woodstock

Gallery Hours: 
Tuesday - Friday 10:34-16:34
Saturday 10:34-13:34

Contact:
 Andries Loots +27 21 461 1863   +27 82 354 1500
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