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Anton Smit

Widely revered for his monumental sculptures, evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation, Anton Smit’s work grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally.

The secret to his success could be attributed to his courage and determination to forge ahead in the face of great difficulty in the early stages of his career.
“Take big risks. Don’t fret about what others think. Do the most difficult thing on earth for you – do it for yourself” he says, and this approach has paid off for him in spades.

Much of Smit’s work communicates powerful emotion and is possessed of a raw, earthy power that can be seen as innately African.
Anton Smit spends the first three months of the year in his Cape Town studio in Strand and the rest of the year he works in his studio close to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam, where he oversees a dedicated work force of 14 people who he describes as “like family.”

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Art is for everyone. The Imibala Galleries provide a visual platform for both contemporary South African artists and international artists to showcase their work. As the Gallery in Somerset West is an integral part of Imibala, children attending art classes see the work of established commercial artists, attend workshops, and therefore are exposed to the world of fine art which enhances their creative development.

All work on exhibition in the Imibala Galleries are also available to view online, with profits earned through sales of art used to support of the work of the Imibala Trust.

The Galleries are located at the heart of Somerset West and Graaff-Reinet respectively. In Somerset West we are adjacent to the Imibala Restaurant and Trust in Bright Street and in Graaff-Reinet, we adjoin the historic and exclusive Drostdy Hotel.


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