Anton Smit: Reflect Triptrich
Size: H) 700 mm x (W) 225 mm x (D) 225 mm COMBINED UNIT
Edition of 24
THE THREE GRACES
We have the picture of you in mins,
when you were young, posturing
(for a photographer) in scarves
(if you could have done it). But now,
for none of you is immortal, ninety
three, the three, ninety and three,
Mary, Ellen and Emily, what
beauty is it clings still about you?
Undying? Magical? For there is still
no answer, why we live or why
you will not live longer than I
or that there be an answer why
any should live and whatever other
should die. Yet you live. You live
and all that can be said is that
you live, time cannot alter it –
and as I write this Mary has died.
– William Carlos Williams
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.