Lionel Smit and Chris Erasmus




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Lionel Smit, born in Pretoria in 1982, creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces, including a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki and various public sculptures in the US including Union Square, New York City.He has been a featured artist at the Miami Art Fair 2014 and on the cover of Christie’s catalogue in London 2009.Recent exhibitions include Faces of Identity, a solo exhibition with Everard Read in London and Premise, a solo exhibition with Everard Read in Cape Town. Over the past 10 years he has established a substantial international following with collectors ranging from the Standard Chartered Bank to Laurence Graff Art Collection at Delaire Graff Wine Estate. More recently Smit was honoured with a Ministerial Award from the South African Department of Culture for Visual Art.
Today Smit is based in Strand, Cape Town. His process as an artist today remains adaptive, inventive, and physically engaging. He supports several charities on a regular basis with donations of artworks for auction, including ArtAngels, Wild Aid and the MAD Charity.

Chris Erasmus grew up in the Karoo, where his mother taught him how to make preserves and jellies, biltong and tripe. After dabbling in chemical engineering and dentistry Erasmus found his way back to food, training at The Hurst Campus in the Cape and also gaining invaluable cooking experience overseas. He worked at Le Quartier Français’ The Tasting Room, under chef Margot Janse before becoming head chef at Pierneef à la Motte and is the current Chef-owner of Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek.

  • An original Lionel Smit resin and fibreglass sculpture titled Forge which has an estimated value of R180,000.
  • Dinner – designed and prepared by Chris Erasmus – for 12 guests at the beautiful Lionel Smit Studio, paired with Lionel Smit wines.
  • A signed case of each of Lionel Smit Wines. His Series #1 – a 100% Grenache Blanc (“Weightless intensity, effortless appreciation”) and his Series #2 – 50% Syrah, 50% Cinsault Noir (“Elegant and easy with a true sense of place”).
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