We found Lionel Smit’s
‘Transparent Behaviour no.3’, 2013
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in. Estimate : GBP 10,000-15,000 @bonhams1793 @bonhamsafricanart #southafrican
September 12, 2018 .
From the #bonhams
catalogue “This painting is one of a series of portraits executed in 2013/4 that explores the theme of transparency. Monumental in size, these works place the human face at the centre of the canvas, frequently filling the entire expanse. These extreme close-ups force the viewer into the sitter's personal space; looking into their eyes, we truly do feel we are looking into their souls. The portraits reveal that we do not need to scratch very deep to penetrate the facade. For the most part, our emotions and inner life are visible in our facial expressions and body language.
The application of paint extends the theme of transparency. In this portrait, the young woman's face is depicted in fluid calligraphic strokes that allow the vibrant yellow background to show through.
Smit has been a featured artist at #ArtMiami
, USA and been featured on the cover of #Christie
's F.A.C.E.T Catalogue 2009 in London. Smit's painting #Kholiswa
won the Viewer's Choice Award at the #BPPortrait
Award in 2013, exhibited at the #NationalPortraitGallery
London. His work is included in prestigious collections including the #StandardChartered
Bank and the Laurence Graff Art Collection at the #GraffDelairewine
estate.” 🇿🇦#southafrica #original #pieceoftheday #artislife
🎨 #lionelsmit @lionelsmit