South African born and raised artist, Frans Smit, is fast becoming one of the rising stars within the South African art community. With more than thirty exhibitions under his name and Absa L’atelier award nominee in 2008 and 2010, Smit’s artwork has been showcased at distinguished galleries such as Everard Read and Grade Provence.
After studying photography at the Free State Technikon, Smit worked as a photography assistant in London for four years. It was only through a chance meeting with the late German-born British painter, Lucien Freud, that Smit became interested in painting and was encouraged to complete short courses in painting at various institutions, including; the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the City Lit College and the prestigious St Martin's College of Art and Design.
Smits focus is mainly on portraiture and still lifes, which blends in a degree of abstract. His pieces are all oil-based artworks, which exhibit a natural and organic balance between the palette and textures used. His extended brush stokes also produce a sense of movement and therefore introduces the dimension of time.
In 2013, he won the Queensplate “Moments” Photographic Competition and received a Merit Award at the Vuleka Art Award.
Smit currently works at the Eastside Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town and is also a freelance photographer working for magazines, photographing decor, interiors and portraits.
Smit is currently visiting New York on a 3 months artist residency in Brooklyn. He will be exhibiting at the end of May in collaboration with fellow South African Chantel woodman.