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by Lionel Smit

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Oil on linen
2300 x 1650 mm

Lionel Smit studied at the Pro Arte School of Arts, Pretoria. His work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London and is held in private, government and corporate art collections.

The portrait is of a waitress in a township café that Smit visits frequently. He wanted this portrait to capture the essence of her life - including the long distances she travels to work and her struggles as a single mother. Over the course of two months of sittings, Smit came to know her better and gained insights into her life.

    Kholiswa by Lionel Smit, 2013
    © Lionel Smit