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All things Lionel Smit

Celebrated South African portrait painter, Lionel Smit was honoured earlier in the year with a Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for contribution to Visual Art in South Africa.

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Said Lionel of the achievement: “The award is a celebration of our common heritage. It is a reflection of the values of our vibrant democracy.”

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And since then the boundary-breaking artist hasn’t slowed down. With a jam-packed schedule of exhibitions around the globe to look forward to!


This month the travelling artist is in Hong Kong, where his paintings will be featured at the Wonder Works exhibition at The Cat Street Gallery This is a group show featuring works by over 40 artists from all over the world, and will open on 24 May 2013.

Then he heads off in June for the BP National Portrait Award 2013 in London! This is a huge honour, as the process is extremely selective: displayed in the National Portrait Gallery it showcases ‘fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world’.  It opens on 20 June 2013.

Our wandering painter then returns home in September for Chefs who share – the ART of giving, where he’ll join Margot Janse! The event is an elegant black-tie charity dinner, which will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on the 5th of September 2013. The night will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development, with of course, Lionel Smit.

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We have a some of his works on display at is art, come and see the master brush-strokes up close.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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