Patricia Smits

Touched by injustice and sorrow caused by ruptures between the ideal and the reality. –  “My work floats in this context. From a mix of reality, association and imagination, I create worlds in which other precepts of thinking and acting can arise, thereby question our existence. The relationships between people, animals, nature and culture are thereby being central. With the work I want to seduce you to step into my metaphysical world. A world in which reality and imagination alternate and humor and poetry  predominate.”
My work is an ongoing search into the magical boundaries in reality, guided by installations, video, photo, painting and drawing. Inspired by; philosophy, time, nature, constructions and transformations.

2009 - 2013, BA fine art, AKV|St.Joost, Den Bosch (NL)
1988 - 1992, Graphic design, Grafische School Eindhoven (NL)

Related activities
2018 - 2019, Painting specialization, Arendonk Academy (acception by selection), Belgium. Material research and painting
2013 - 2018, Teaching drawing and figure drawing
2014, Reviewer, jury exams – Theatre School Amsterdam (NL) 2014. Reviewer commission (extern reviewer). Bachelor thesis about light-art, (How do light and matter relate to each other and to what extent is light a material?)
2014 - today, Artist initiative (conceptual art): Kijkhoeken, 4 artists, (
2014 - today, Artist initiative (conceptual art): Bob Ross is an Animal, 5 artists
2014, Grafisch Atelier Daglicht, Eindhoven (NL) – masterclass etching, (Stijn Peeters, artist)
1992 - 1995, Drawing and figure drawing lessons, Nuenen (NL)

2020 - today, employment; art-director, graphic designer, webdesigner, illustrator, photographer
1994 - 2020, freelance and self-employed; graphic designer, webdesigner, illustrator, photographer
2009 - today, conceptual artist, independent
1992 - 1994, employment; graphic designer, illustrator, screen printer

Exhibitions / projects
2021, june-october, The Colorfield Performance, Gesamtkunstwerk at Park Lingezegen, Elst/Nijmegen (NL)
2020, 1 march. EXBUNKER, Finissage. Wild egg invited egg with balls (Patricia Smits) to give a visual response to her works. Utrecht (NL)
2020, 11-12 january. Art Arnhem, Eusebius Kerk Arnhem (NL)
2019, 5-6 october, exhibition at Kunststroom – Kasteel Montfort, Roerdalen-Wassenberg (NL / D)
2019, 18 may-2 june, exhibition Rearranging splinters at POPOP Nijmegen (NL)
2019, 26 may, invited for an expo at Stiphout Art. In the Pastory garden (NL)
2018, 6-7 october, exhibition at Kunststroom at Gitstappermolen, Roerdalen (NL)
2018, september, exhibition at NS16 – Kijkhoeken (initiative art group), Tilburg (NL)
2017-2018, september – april, IJsseldam, (art space/ruimte voor kunst). Painting and drawing, Deventer (NL)
2017, Jan-dec, self-initiated work and research at my atelier at Luyksgestel, (NL)
2016, december, ARTBOX Projects exhibition at the spectrum Miami, Miami Art weeks (USA)
2016, october, 2nd prize winner / finalists at award art exhibition at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London (UK)
2016, september, Kijkhoeken (Initiative art group), exhibition / project, Breda (NL)
2016, january-september, Atelier/studio works (NL)
2015, september-december, group exhibition at Rechtbank Zeeland-West-Brabant (Court house), Breda (NL)
2015, september-october, ‘Expo in residence’ / Project. POPOP-institute, Nijmegen (NL)
2015, june-sept. Summer Exhibition,‘Stille Getuigen’. Museum Slager, Den Bosch (NL)
2015, april-june, group exhibition at GGZ, Jan Wier, Tilburg. (NL)
2015, january, 2 days group exhibition at Klasse Theater, Tilburg. (NL)
2014, november, nomination talent award 2014 – GLOW festival, (group exhibition / project), Eindhoven (NL)
2014, oktober, preparture, group expo for invited bachelors fine art at Willem Twee,’ Den Bosch (NL)
2014, july-august, summer exhibition, GEM 2014 – online gallery, The Hague (NL)
2014, march-april, ‘masterclass etching’, Graphic atelier Daglicht, (group exhibition), Eindhoven (NL)
2013, november, nomination talent award 2013 – GLOW festival, (group exhibition / project), Eindhoven (NL)
2013, september, Museum Slager ‘Kunstnacht‘, (duo exhibition) ’Den Bosch (NL)
2013, june, “De Eindexpo”, group exhibition AKV|St. Joost, Den Bosch (NL)
2013, january, “De Generale”, group exhibition, FirstFloor AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch (NL)
2012, june “Punt”, (group exhibition) Electron, Breda (NL)
2011, november, assisting with the ‘Live-Atelier’ project of artist Stijn Peeters; ‘Kom je in mijn schilderij?’ at museum ‘van Bommel van Dam’, Venlo (NL)
2011, june, “Collective work” (group exhibition), Electron, Breda (NL)
2010, october, solo exhibition and presentation about my ideas and work, Hertogin building, Hilvarenbeek (NL)

Nominations and prizes
2016, 2nd prize winner at Celeste Prize (Italy) (digital photograph, title: Absorb), Finalist at the exhibition at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London (UK).
2014, Nomination; Foederer Talent Award 2014. Exhibition at GLOW FESTIVAL, Eindhoven (NL)
2013, Nomination; Foederer Talent Award 2013. Exhibition at GLOW FESTIVAL, Eindhoven (NL)

Invitations and Selections
2020, Art Arnhem, (balloting) Arnhem (NL)
2019, Kunststroom (balloting) Roerdalen-Wassenberg (NL / D) – Location: Kasteel Montfort
2018, Kunststroom Roerdalen (balloting) – Location: Gitstappermolen, (NL)
2016, ARTBOX Projects, Switzerland. Exhibition at the spectrum Miami, Miami Art weeks (USA)
2015, june-september, Museum Slager. Commissioned, summer exhibition ‘Stille Getuigen’, Den Bosch (NL)
2014, july-august, SUMMER exhibition, GEM - online gallery, The Hague (NL)
2014, oktober, invited for exhibition, selected group of bachelors fine art at Willem Twee Den Bosch (NL)


Absorb - Digital photograph 2016, 40x30cm.
The avoidance of reality by absorption.
2nd prize at celesteprize, Italy

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