Solly Smook – INNATE exhibition


“My artworks portray the splinters of the sensual and the spiritual. With modern, expressionistic brush strokes, palette knife and provocative colours, the divine is brought forward as the subject matter.

My recent artwork  explores concepts relating to the uniqueness of emotion and the importance of it in our spiritual lives – this process attempts to re-consider the conventions of portrait painting through a continued pursuit toward the more contemporary. The goal is to create paintings that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, quite often consciously and reflexively questioning the nature of spiritual identity as something deconstructed, created, and tangible.

I am significantly concerned with the beauty of the human being..

Inspired by a wild deviation from dogma and the truth of spiritual matter that lies blatantly in sight. I do not try to portray the struggle, the past, or any other form of oppression that some might expect from art.

Instead I aim to bring or portray the beauty we seldom see.

Reminding the viewer to feel. Reminding the viewer of the spirit within.”

Exhibition details: 

10 December 2016 – 11 January 2017

Walker Bay Art Gallery, Hermanus

The following artwork will be available at the exhibition: 

For sizes, click here: Solly Smook