Contemporary expressionist painter Solly Smook explores concepts relating to the hidden landscapes and stories found in the human portrait.
By combining raw palette works in oil with charcoal, pastel and graphite sketchings, his process in creating art attempts to rethink the conventions of portrait painting. Through a continued pursuit of the more contemporary, his goal is to create works that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible.
Solly was born in Namibia and studied graphic design. Starting his career with surrealist landscape paintings, he progressed to a more contemporary style, with portraiture as his focus, a decision that significantly shaped the success of his career.