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  • Exhibition Rook and Raven
  • Exhibition Rook and Raven
  • Exhibition Rook and Raven
  • Exhibition Rook and Raven
  • Exhibition Rook and Raven

Lionel Smit: CUMULUS

March 17, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Primarily a painter and sculptor, Lionel Smit’s paintings are devoted to the deconstruction of the portrait. Portraiture is his preferred mode. He usually paints anonymous people, most often the Cape Malay women, making their faces memorable. For Smit, identity formation is similar to exposing the anatomy of the canvas. Cumulus is Lionel Smit’s third London exhibition. This brand new body of work features a selection of original paintings and etchings, alongside a collection of bronze sculptures. Cumulus opens at Rook and Raven in London on Friday 21st March, until April 30th.

Exhibition Rook and Raven
Lionel Smit

Close – Far

Smit’s paintings are monumental in scale and looked at from a distance they are breathtaking. But upon close inspection of Smit’s canvas, the viewer loses himself within the abstracted surface. The picture plane begins to disintegrate. The viewer is only able to decipher bold brush strokes and colors as indicative of an individual artist’s identity. The face is interrupted by bands of solid color and gestural swathes of paint. However, Smit’s paintings retain ties to figuration.

Exhibition Rook and Raven
Lionel Smit
South African art
Lionel Smit in his studio

About Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit has established a substantial global following in recent years, with a succession of sold out exhibitions, strong auction results, and his inclusion in this year’s National Portrait Prize. His works now adorn many high profile public and private collections, including the Graff Estate and Standard Chartered Bank, to name but a few.

Exhibition Rook and Raven
Lionel Smit

About Rook and Raven

Rook & Raven is a gallery, publisher of fine art prints and books, and creative portal situated in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia district. Rook & Raven Gallery was founded in 2010 by Richard Grindy and Rachelle Lunnon, to encourage alternative artistic practice, forming a bridge between commercial and progressive art forms from both emerging and established international artists.

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Lionel Smit – Sculptures

Cumulus 2014 Lionel Smit from Lionel Smit Studio on Vimeo.