“Everything we do is always so personal and subjective, from our careers to our goals and aspirations. So when I chose to paint this piece it’s because it felt like I was gazing into a critical moment of someone’s life, very busy and intent on their own Lifework, dreams and ambitions – a pivotal moment in a person-sized universe of its own, that I just happened to partake in, in some very minor 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.


Dimensions5.08 × 36.322 × 54.864 cm