Artist of the Month: Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit is one of those artists that leave a lasting impression on our guests when they stay at Ellerman House; from the monumental canvas that greet guests when they enter the Contemporary Art Gallery to the sculpture of a Malay Girl on the bottom terrace.


Smith’s deeply rooted symbolic relationship between sculpture and painting can be seen in all his works and the physicality of creating a large sculpture to the physicality of the brush strokes, dripping paint and bold colours are what draw viewers to his works.


Lionel Smith is based in Strand, Cape Town, and has donated pieces to the annual charity auction, ArtAngels, held at Ellerman House in benefit of The ClickFoundation. His work attract a large international following and can be seen in many private collections including the Standard Chartered Bank and Laurence Graff Art Collection as well as Paul Harris’ private art collection on display in Ellerman House.