“Having studied classical music and originally deciding to go in that direction it came as a tough life decision to make the change to fine art, always having this ‘what if’ feeling about the road I decided not to take. When I understand friends, family or observe strangers and think about how many of these types of decisions might have affected their lives I’m often stopped dead in my tracks at the idea of the infinite possibility of choice that surrounds us and how sometimes through choice or necessity we each have our own path that we’re Bound to in some special way.”
Smit’s second solo exhibition follows on from his first, “CURB” which dealt with our relationship with our urban environments and the strange irony that develops in increasingly larger cities, finding that the closer people live together the further alienated they feel.
Smit has taken careful detail in choosing which subjects to paint by adding another level of complexity to his various compositions, taking into consideration each character’s social structure, hierarchies and inner tumultuous seas or placid pools that spill over into their depicted world.
Bound offers a small glimpse into the world of the chosen subject, like a frozen moment of people watching, that if viewed carefully enough can tell you everything about them.