artnet Asks: Painter and Sculptor Lionel Smit

Artnet News | Lorraine Rubio:


Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982, Lionel Smit attended art school at Pro Arte Alphen Park. There, he started developing and exhibiting his now signature style of massive painterly and sculpture portraits.


Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Martin Venter.

Drawing inspiration from the action painters of the 1940s, Smit’s practice revolves around the spiritual act of painting. Smit exhibits locally in South Africa, and globally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, where one of his paintings was chosen as the “face” of the BP Portrait Award 2013…


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