LIONEL SMIT

BIOGRAPHY

LIONEL SMIT

( b.1982  Pretoria, South Africa )

 

BIOGRAPHY AND WORK

 

Smit  started developing and exhibiting straight after art school at Pro Arte Alphen Park. He now lives and works in Cape Town. He is best known for his contemporary portraiture executed through monumental canvasses and sculptures. 

 

Smit is currently exhibiting on five continents , and at art fairs in Amsterdam, Germany, India, Miami, Monaco, London and Hong Kong. Over the past ten years he has established a substantial international following with collectors ranging from the Standard Chartered Bank to Laurence Graff Art Collection at Graff Delaire wine estate.

 

In 2013, Smit's painting was exhibited at the London National Portrait Gallery, where it received the Viewer’s Choice Award, as well as selected as the 'face' of the BP Portrait Award  that year for all campaigns. He was recently honoured with a Ministerial Award from the Department of Culture for Visual Art and a highlight of his career has been the publication of one of his paintings on the cover of Christie’s Auction Catalogue. Smit's most recent installation, Obscura, was shown at both Everard Read Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

CV

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

Manipulated Image, Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2017

Morphous sculpture installation, Union Square, New York City

Faces of Identity, Everard Read, London

Premise, Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2016  

Faces, Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Echo, New Adams, Massachusetts

M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia

Winter Collection, Group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2015  

Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read, Johannesburg

FNB Jo-burg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art Miami Fair Featured Artist, Cynthia Reeves Gallery

Close/ Perspective,  Everard Read Johannnesburg, South Africa

Origins, Rook & Raven, London, UK

Obscura, Everard Read Cape Town, South Africa

 

2014  

Morphous,, CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cumulus,, Rook & Raven, London, UK

 

2013  

Art Miami Fair, featured artist, Cynthia Reeves, Miami, USA
IS Sculpture, IsArt, Tokara, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Strarta Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, Rook & Raven, London, UK

Fragmented, Rook & Raven, London, UK
100 Accumulation, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

Wonder Works Exhibition, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

 

2012  

Compendium, , 34FineArt, Cape Town, South Africa

Strata, Rook and Raven, London, UK

 

2011  

Surface, Artspace, Johannesburg,  South Africa

 

2009  

Relate, Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South AfricA

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2016  

Title to be confirmed, CIRCA Gallery Group exhibition, London ,UK

 

2015  

Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

FNB Jo-burg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2014  

Summer Season, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2013  

BP Portrait Award Exhibition, Viewer’s Choice Award , National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Metal Work Public sculpture, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

2012  

Accumulation of Disorder, installation, University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Winter Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
Robert Bowman Gallery, India Art Fair, India
Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2011  

34FineArt, ArtMonaco ‘11, Monaco
MOMAC, Group Exhibition, Roberta Moore Fine Art, England

 

2010  

Out of the Office, Group Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
Cynthia Reeves Projects, Art Miami, USA
We are not Witches, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Submerge, solo exhibition, 34FineArt, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2009  

F.A.C.E.T., Charity Auction, Christie’s, London, UK

 

AWARDS

 

2013  

Visitor's Choice Award, PB Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for Visual Art, Western Cape Government, South Africa

 

2009  

Merit Award, Vuleka, Sanlam Art Competition, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2008  

Achievement Award, Pro Arte School of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

 

2000  

First prize in the MTN Art Colours Awards of Gauteng, South Africa

 

1999/2000

Best painting student Pro Arte School of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

 

CATALOGUES

 

Cumulus LIONEL SMIT, Rook & Raven, London 2014

Formulation LIONEL SMIT, Tokara, Stellenbosch 2013

Accumulation LIONEL SMIT, Everard Read, Johannesburg 2013

Strata LIONEL SMIT, Rook & Raven, London, 2012

Surface LIONEL SMIT, Artspace, Johannesburg 2011

We are not Witches, Saatchi Gallery, London 2011

Submerge LIONEL SMIT, 34FineArt, October 2010

Christie’s, F.A.C.E.T (catalogue cover), October 2009

Residue, Grande Provence Gallery, October 2009

Group therapy, Sandton Civic Gallery, 2005

Pretoria, Everard Read Gallery, November 2004

 

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

 

Delaire Graff Wine Estate, South Africa

Ellerman Contemporary, South Africa

European Investment Bank, South Africa

Grainvest Futures, South Africa

Johannesburg City Council, South Africa

Johann Jacobs Museum, South Africa

Laurence Graff Collection, South Africa

Parkdev, South Africa

Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa

Saronsberg Wine Estate, South Africa

South African Embassy, Nigeria

Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa