Contemporary expressionist painter Solly Smook explores concepts relating to the uniqueness of emotion and the importance of it in our spiritual lives. His process in creating art attempts to rethink the conventions of portrait painting through a continued pursuit of the more contemporary, with a 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.
Solly was born in Namibia and studied graphic design. Starting his career with surrealist landscape paintings, Solly progressed to a more contemporary style with portraiture as his focus. A decision which significantly shaped the success of his career.