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 local and internationally.
After obtaining a photography degree, Smit moved to London for nearly four years, where he became interested in painting. Through a chance meeting with the late German-born British painter, Lucian Freud, who later became his mentor, Smit was encouraged to further his creative skills completing a number of 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.
Smit’s art focuses mainly on portraiture and still lives, which blends in a degree of abstract. Frans’ personal reinterpretation of classical artists such as Rembrandt and Sargent, offers a fresh and vibrant spin to the traditional portraiture style of the painting masters of the past, marking his art as an essential contribution to the contemporary painting scene.
In 2013, he won the Queensplate “Moments” Photographic Competition and received a Merit Award at the Vuleka Art Award.
In 2016 Smit spent 3 month in New York doing an artist residency.
Smit currently works at the Eastside Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town as a full time artist.