About Frans

Frans Smit is a South African artist who has participated in over 40 exhibitions, locally and internationally.

Smit started out by studying photography, and soon discovered an interest in painting. He studied at various renowned institutions, including the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the City Lit College, and St Martin’s College of Art and Design.

Smit’s focus is mainly on portraiture and still life, and his pieces are all oil-based artworks, exhibiting a natural and organic balance between the palette and textures used. His work mixes the abstract with the real, using a hybrid of current and past art movements, to create a new visual language. His intent is to disrupt the traditional portrait, constructing a sense of distress and absurdity.

Smit currently works at his Studio in Woodstock, Cape Town as a full time artist.

 

EXHIBITIONS

New African South York, Residency, New York, 2015

A Cohesive Clash, Tanya Baxter, London, March 2016

Urban Dawn II, Beirut, October 2016

40, Wolfsen Gallery, Denmark, March 2017

Trumpomania, McCaig-Welles/Curator 19.90, New York, March 2017

Anamorphic Portrait, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, June 2017

Scope Art Show, Wolfsen Gallery, Miami, December 2017

Solo, Galerie Solo, Antwerp, Belgium, May 2018

Solo, Galerie Wolfsen, Denmark, October 2018

Paintings of Painters, Franschhoek, January 2019

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, May 2019

Galleria Banditto, Italy, June 2019

Galerie Wolfsen, Denmark, October 2020

Uitstalling, Belgium, April 2021