27 June - 11 July 2018
Solly Smook returns to the Grahamstown festival for the first time since 2015. He unveils with this solo show “OJO” at the GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, a fringe venue of the Grahamstown festival. A process of creation that is exposed with raw, earthy canvas and acrylics, building towards his emotional images with oils and palette knife.
In creating this body of work he reconsidered the conventions of portrait painting through a continued pursuit of combining classic portraiture with contemporary techniques, tools and colour. With his goal to create paintings that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, quite often consciously and reflexively questioning the nature of spiritual identity as something deconstructed, created and tangible.