“A million different routes that all please different people. We’ve all felt pressure to live a certain way or conform to certain ideologies to appease people in our lives and sometimes the hardest decision is a simple choice to live a certain way. The race is long and in the end it is only with yourself.”
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.