Everard Read announces Manipulated Image, the fourth solo exhibition by Lionel Smit. Smit, a leading South African painter and sculptor, presents a series of new works inspired by the digital age and manipulation of the image.
Manipulated Image explores the idea of how the digital age and technology influences artists and their processes. Through this exhibition Smit creates a unique series of multimedia paintings that are a combination of silkscreen and oil layering of different or repeated imagery.
Experimentation forms a big part of the imagery where Smit uses the act of silkscreening as part of his painting process, creating a cross over between the two mediums. The result is a series of works that signifies a dramatic new departure for the artist.
Celebrated for his skilfully oil painted and sculpted portraits of Cape Malay female subjects, his work took on a new direction and he rose to prominence for his iconic portrayals of women when he moved to the Cape in 2009. This exhibition marks ten years of Smit starting this new iconography while exploring abstract qualities in painting and sculpting applications.
Those interested in the exhibition are invited to join the opening on Thursday at 6pm. Lionel Smit is also hosting a Walkabout of the exhibition two days after the opening.
Venue: Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Time: Mon to Fri 9am – 6pm | Sat 9am – 1pm