Anton Smit: Embrace
MEDIUM: Glass Reinforced Polymer
SIZE: 85cm x 30cm x 19cm
Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental bronze sculptures, evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory, and sublimation. Anton Smits' works grace public and private collections both locally and abroad. Most recently Smit was featured at SCOPE Art Fair, New York 2017. Smit's work is included in the permanent collections of the Pretoria Art Museum, Rembrandt Foundation, and the Graff/Delaire Collection.
She walks in beauty like the night
A heart whose live is innocent
Weep for those whose shrines are desolate
Whose sand a dream
Oh! In the lightening but thy glace appear
Lovely forms caressed me
The serpent by art
Coils around the heart.”
– Anton Smit, Inspired by
“All is vanity, Saith the Preacher by Lord Byron”
Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures, evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory, and sublimation, his works grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally.
An inspiring raconteur, Anton enjoys relating tales of his struggles as a young artist. The secret to his success could be attributed to his courage and determination to forge ahead in the face of great difficulty.
Some observers have noted that this is why so many of his pieces, even the most abstract ones, manage to communicate powerfully and emotionally and why his work is possessed of a raw, earthy power that feels innately African. His body of work comprises towering human figures, nudes, impressive heads, masks, hands, angels, floating and stretching figures, warriors as well as abstract works, using mostly steel, metal, fiberglass, and bronze.
Anton likes to imbue his work with an illusion of movement or gesture, bodies curling up or limbs reaching out to the onlooker, inspirational “action figures” projecting tremendous emotion, a call to movement. He works with metals and stones, also creating a unique iron and polymer cast mixture, which combines metal with several other mediums.