Johan Smith

Oil painter.
Photographer.
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Being self-taught, Johan has developed a very distinctive style. Thin application of oil resembles airbrush work which contrasts well with areas of thick impasto. Scratching through the paint creates perspective and texture.

Johan's landscapes are uncomplicated, resulting in a naive and quiet interpretation of our vast African sky.

Artist Johan Smith grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe.

While studying agriculture (U.S.) he took up ceramics part time. Within two years, his work was selected for both the Regional and National exhibitions of the South African Potters Association.

After moving to Bethlehem in 1987, (working as an agricultural researcher) he set up his own ceramic studio. Soon the tedious production process and limited palette of ceramics frustrated him.

This led to experiments in watercolour, pastel and etching. In 1995 Johan quit his job to practice art professionally. The vitality, boldness and versatility of oil intrigued him, and has become his sole passion.

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Galleries & Collections

Johan has received widespread recognition for his work, exhibiting in renowned galleries and being included in a number of public and corporate collections.

Clarens, Free State

Blou Donki Art Gallery

The art gallery is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Windmill Centre. The gallery houses a fine collection of paintings, ceramics, functional art, sculptures and photography.

Ruimsig, Johannesburg

Alice Art Gallery

This is one of the largest privately owned galleries in Africa with a good reputation locally and internationally. The gallery specializes in local artists and represent over 100 artist with 4000 artworks. 

South Africa

Corporate Collections

Johan Smith’s paintings have been included in a number of public and corporate collections. SAA, RAU, Telkom, BOE Head Office, Free State Technicon Hotel School, Central East Agricultural Co-op and more.

I do not paint to make statements, I paint because I have a God-given talent which brings joy and meaning to my life and hopefully to those with whom I share it.

Johan Smith

South African Artist

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