Lionel Smit, in collaboration with .M Contemporary Sydney, presents the solo exhibition EMERGESmit explores the emergence of identity that is constructed through a process of layering and fragmentation on the canvas. His portraits transpire a hybrid identity evoked by emotion through swaths of colour that assemble the portraits and figures in his works. The exhibition ran from 1 to 20 September 2017, showcasing his portraiture, sculpture and silkscreens.
Lionel is representative of South African contemporary art and talent abroad. He currently has public sculptures exhibited as part of group exhibition Influx 2017 Outdoor in Providence, Rhodes Island, United States. This is part of The Avenue Concept consecutive public art exhibitions realised by the Cynthia Reeves gallery. Exposed 2017, is a group show with internationally renowned sculptors, including Smit‘s work, curated by Rachel Moore, Director and Curator and Stephanie Walker, Assistant Curator at the Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, United States.
Smit’s work has also been featured locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki,  Everard Read in London and Art Miami; his monumental sculpture Morphous was featured in Union Square, New York City during 2016 and 2017.
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