LIONEL SMIT

BORN

Pretoria, 1982.
Lives and works in Cape Town.

ABOUT

Lionel 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 exhibits locally in South Africa where he is considered one of the countries youngest investment artists. He is currently exhibiting and on art fairs in Amsterdam, Germany, India, Miami, Monaco, London and Hong Kong.
Over the past 10 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.
Smit's painting has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, where it received the Viewer’s Choice Award, as well as selected as the 'face' of the BP Portrait Award 2013 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.


QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS:

2013 Visitor's Choice Award, PB Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for Visual Art, Western Cape Government
2009 Merit Award, Vuleka, Sanlam Art Competition, Cape Town
2008 Achievement Award, Pro Arte School of Arts
2000 First prize in the MTN Art Colours Awards of Gauteng
1999/2000 Best painting student Pro Arte School of Arts


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:


2015 Origins, solo exhibition, Rook & Raven, London
Obscura, solo exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town
Art Central Art Fair, featured artist, Rook & Raven Gallery, Hong Kong
Accumulation of Disorder, installation, Independent Art Projects, MASS MoCA Campus, USA

2014 Art Taipei, The Cat Street Gallery, Taiwan
Contronym, solo exhibition, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Morphous, solo exhibition and installation, Circa, Johannesburg
Cumulus, solo exhibition, Rook & Raven, London
Fugitive Identity, group exhibition, Cynthia Reeves, USA

2013 Art Miami Fair, Cynthia Reeves, Miami
Strarta Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, Rook & Raven, London
Fragmented, solo exhibition, Rook & Raven, London
100 Accumulation, solo exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg
BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Wonder Works Exhibition, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Metal Work Public sculpture, Stellenbosch

2012 Compendium, solo exhibition, 34FineArt, Cape Town
Accumulation of Disorder, installation, University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch
Strata, solo exhibition, Rook and Raven, London
Robert Bowman Gallery, India Art Fair, India
JHB Art Fair, Everard Read

2011 Surface, solo exhibition, Artspace, Johannesburg
IS Sculpture,TOKARA,Stellenbosch
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
Submerge, solo exhibition, 34FineArt, Cape Town
Who, group exhibition, Grande Provence, Franschhoek
Coolstuff, group exhibition, 34FineArt, Cape Town

2009 F.A.C.E.T., Charity Auction, Christie’s, London
Group 09, group exhibition, 34Long Fine Art, Cape Town
Gesprek, group exhibition, University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch
Presence, group exhibition, Off The Wall Gallery, Paarl
Relate, solo exhibition, Grande Provence, Franschhoek
Nuance, group exhibition, UCA Gallery, Cape Town
group exhibition, North-West University Gallery, Potchefstroom
Identity, group exhibition, Platform on 18th Gallery, Pretoria

2008 URBANEYE, group exhibition, KyK Contemporary, Pretoria
REFLECTIONS, group exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville
Day Dream, two man show with Jaco Benade, Magpie Gallery, Centurion
Rendezvous - focus wearable art, Fada Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Refl ect/refuel, group exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
Outskirts, group exhibition, 47 Market Street Artspace, George
Twenty artists/twenty portraits, UCA Gallery, Cape Town

2007 St.Sebastian, group exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
group exhibition, Afriart Gallery, Pretoria
group exhibition, Aardklop, Potchefstroom
group exhibition, Dawid Ras Gallery, Johannesburg
Project, group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
fl esh/:scape, two man show with M.J. Lourens, Magpie Gallery, Centurion

2006 40 x 40, group exhibition, KKNK Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn
Epidemic, Judge, Hope, solo exhibition, Voir Gallery, Pretoria
Physical self, group exhibition, Gallery 88, Sasolburg
Initial, group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
Turn the table, group exhibition, Artspace, Johannesburg

2005 group exhibition, Woolworths, Johannesburg
Group therapy, group exhibition, Civic Gallery, Sandton
Oppitafel, group exhibition, Artspace, Johannesburg

2004 group exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
group exhibition, Art House, United Kingdom
Pretoria, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Solitude, two man exhibition with Rossouw van der Walt, Gordart Gallery,
Johannesburg

2003 Mortem Life, two man exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, Johannesburg
group exhibition, KKNK National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn
Spring of Gifts, group exhibition, Soan Studio, London
New Signatures, group exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum
PPC sculpture Competition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
In sight, group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg

2002 three man show with Liam Lynch and Zander Blom, Millennium Gallery,
Pretoria
Matriarch, group exhibition, Minds I Gallery, Pretoria
Arcadia 2: Infusion, group exhibition, Carfax, Johannesburg
Extensions, group exhibition, Bronze Age Foundry, Cape Town
Facets, group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
Twenty / Twenty, group exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria

2001 Things, group exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
Up and Coming, group exhibition, Soan Studio, London


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

ARTICLES:

An Alchemy of Metal and Paint, Opulant Living Magazine, Winter 2012
ART OF AFRICA, The Graff Magazine, Summer 2010
Grand Scale, Garden and Home Magazine, April 2010
Time Out Magazine, 2007
Ou idees met moderne aanslag, RAPPORT, 2 July 2006
A look away, Art Magazine, 2006
Individuality of faces, Pretoria News, 15 June 2006
Soos in ‘n tweepas, Beeld plus, 26 November 2004
Radically different works from striking ensemble, Interval, May 2002


TELEVISION:

Artcha, SABC2, 2008
Kwela, KYKNET, 2008
Kunskafee, KYKNET, 7 July 2002


SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

Ellerman Contemporary
Standard Chartered Bank
Laurence Graff
Rand Merchant Bank
European Investment Bank
Johannesburg City Council
Saronsberg Wine Estate
Grainvest Futures
Delaire Graff Wine Estate
South African Embassy, Nigeria
Parkdev
Johann Jacobs Museum
Various private and corporate collections