Exclusive Interview With Award Winning Artist Lionel Smit

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At what point did you realise you had a gift for the arts?

I suppose it was when I was a teenager. I started drawing a lot, and carrying a drawing book with me. I realised it was something that was really drawing me in.

You have mastered three crafts, Painting, Sculpture and Print, which one would you say is your best and why?

If I have to choose, I would say painting, as it is something I discovered myself and a unique style was developed. As for sculpture, it is something that came naturally to me, as my father is a sculptor, it is something I grew up with.

 What would you say has been the highlight of your career?

Probably winning the 2013 Viewer’s Choice Award at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London

What inspires your work?

There isn’t a specific “something” that inspires my work. I think it is passion that drives me.

What advice would you give young fine artists who are ready to face the world?

It’s not always easy making it in the art world, there are many challenges. But if you love what you do, that is something that will drive you. Ask for as much advise and help as possible..

What can we expect from you in the future and where can our readers view your work?

I love to experiment, so the future will be a surprise to us all… I have an upcoming exhibition at Circa on Jellicoe (Johannesburg) that will be running from 03-27 July. There will also be an exhibition in Hong Kong this October. You can view my work at the Everard Read in Johannesburg, or Cape Town, as well as Rook & Raven in London.

 

Dissipate #1, Oil on Linen, 190 X 190cm

 

 

Dissipate #3, Oil on Linen, 190 X 190cm

 

 

Luculent, Oil on Linen, 170 X 230cm

 

 

Revive #2, Oil on Linen, 170 X 230cm

 

 

Cumulate Fragment, Bronze, 40cm high, 2014

 

Highest res Studio shot with Monumental

 

 

Lionel

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