Lionel Smit Press

  • Lionel Smit Art New England


    by Christopher Volpe
    Art New England, Sept/Oct, 2016

    CYNTHIA-REEVES is determinedly positioning itself as a powerhouse of innovative projects and public art.

    Her most recent installation, South African artist Lionel Smit’s Morphous – a massive, Janus-like bronze of a Cape Malay woman in New York City’s Union Square – is the sixth public installation the gallery has completed in the city. To compliment the installation, CYNTHIA-REEVES is exhibiting SMit’s work in it’s sister gallery on the campus of MASS MoCA.

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  • Smit Garden and Home

    Grand Scale

    by Gill Cullinan
    Garden and Home, April, 2010

    “I need to keep myself contained as you can get so drained. You put a lot of yourself into a painting so you could get lost if you get too busy.”

    The very large scale of his work was prompted by a solo exhibition on huge walls at Grande Provence, Franschhoek. Despite the scale being risky as not everyone has the wall space or the budget for such large canvases, Lionel nevertheless decided to follow his heart and take the risk. “My ideas and the process I follow lend themselves to big pieces,” he says. “I want to be expressive and to maintain a realistic edge. The only way to do this is to work at this large scale. When you are up close it becomes abstract, but when you step back you get the whole picture.”

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  • Smit Christie’s

    Christie’s Charity Auction


    “Anyone who knows me knows that I very rarely announce any sort of personal preference for a picture when it comes up for sale, however I did come out and say I really liked the Lionel Smit.”

    F. A. C. E. T. will be holding its first major charity fund raiser – an art auction during London’s Frieze week in October this year at a reception at Christie’s. Set to be a prestigious event, the supporting committee includes high-profile personalities, among them actors Hugh Grant and Uma Thurman, supermodel Naomi Campbell and Christie’s President Jussi Pylkannen who will serve as the auctioneer. On the art front, among glittering internationals – such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Banksy – will be found South Africa’s own Lionel Smit.

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