The world and works of Joop Smits

Here you can read more about the works. We will regularly publish an article, in English and Dutch.

Zodiac Sign Cancer / Kreeft 21th of June – 23th of July

I like to mother and family makes me happy Attached to emotional property Someday I will grow to compassion And feed the rootless fugitives… Ik bemoeder graag en familie doet mij goed Hecht mij aan emotioneel bezit Ooit groei ik naar mededogen En voed ontheemden op de...

Zodiac Sign Gemini / Tweelingen 22nd of May – 20th of June

I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge and contact I love exchanging and finding new impulses And sometimes I bite of more than I can chew But once I create more harmonious relationships with love and light as a diplomat Ik heb een onverzadigbare honger naar kennis...

Zodiac Sign Taurus / Stier 21th of April – 21th of May

I am standing strong in the earth and love her Although I am slow, I will fight for my possessions I do not change my mind, remain old opinions Until I realize: I have to detach from desire and matter… Ik sta sterk in de aarde en heb haar lief Al  ben ik langzaam,...

Zodiac Sign Aries/ Ram, 21th of March- 20th of April

I am impulsive and think of myself first, a dominant planet in the sky but unaware of my essential self. Until I become aware that my soul wants something else: No impulsivity but by intuition I have to return to responsibility. Ik ben impulsief en denk eerst aan...

Zodiac Sign Pisces / Vissen, 19th of February – 20th of March

I am sensitive to everything and everyone, but I don’t know how to distinguish. If my feeling gets too strong, then I flee. But once I will understand my role: to crack old structures and make room for spriritual reality … Ik ben gevoelig voor alles en iedereen, maar...

Exhibition at the Museu i Fons Artístic

One of the most impressive exhibitions of works of Joop took place in the Museum of Porreres on Mallorca: Museu I Fons Artistic. The title of this exhibition was Impresiones de un Viaje Fantástico, Impressions of a Fantastic Journey. Sixty-three paintings were shown...

Zodiac Sign Aquarius / Waterman, January 20th to February 18th

New developments, always the first one, (or: always number one?) technique and progress, is that your aim? And everyone equal, is that sufficient? No ego, but learn to give everything for the group and thus serve mankind… Nieuwe ontwikkelingen, altijd haantje de...

Stairs in Fornalutx, Mallorca

One of the most picturesque villages on Mallorca is undoubtedly Fornalutx. It lies at the altitude of 149 meters in the beautiful Tramuntana mountains. The stone houses have red roof tiles and green painted window frames. At 28 houses, paintings can be seen on the...

Zodiac sign Capricorn / Steenbok, December 21 to January 19

For me everything is indisputable I can hardly go along with other views Until I feel responsible for those who surround me and discover the greatest value: I am there to serve the people and the earth Voor mij staat alles vast en onveranderlijk met anderen meegaan...

The Old Forge gallery

Next to our house in Ardea Tuosist in Ireland Joop started a small gallery: the Old Forge. In former days a farrier lived there and covered the horses hooves with new horseshoes. Even the heavy door is in a shape of a horseshoe and the iron rings left and right of...

Almond blossom of Mallorca

A beautiful natural phenomenon on Mallorca is the almond blossom. From January until March the almond trees are in bloom and from above Mallorca looks like one big white pink island. Therefore the almond blossom is also called “the snow of Mallorca”. And of course as...

Zodiac sign Sagittarius / Boogschutter, November 23rd to December 20th

My vision and arrows reach very  far. I am so busy, busy with fervent thinking. Do not hold my strengths until all humanity is giving me a sign: “Give us your knowledge and contemplation”. Mijn visie en mijn pijlen gaan heel ver. Ik ben ook zo druk, druk met vurig...

Studio Mallorca

Building a studio on Mallorca, give me a break: with such a cat, it’s a piece of cake! Een atelier bouwen op Mallorca was een makkie: je begint gewoon en het is kat in het bakkie!

The fens of the Stratumse Heide

In his early boyhood you could find Joop almost daily in nature reserve the Stratumse Heide nearby his birthplace in Eindhoven. Inspired by the serene beauty of it, it were these typical landscapes of the county of Brabant he started to paint as a sixteen year old....

Inner landscapes / innerlijke landschappen

Inner Landscapes, Joop  called this kind of work. Which inner life came through the brush on the canvas? Or are they cosmic energies that took shape through Joop? We will never know ... Innerlijke landschappen, noemde Joop dit soort schilderijen. Welke zielenroerselen...

Constellation Scorpio 23th of October – 22th of November

Force and rule I want as I am got threatened, manipulation is my only weapon. I go deeper than the deepest oceans, but explore… Transformation is my mission as it creates harmony between ego and the soul I who  am. Dwingen en heersen wil ik want ik word belaagd,...

Irish wild Fuchsias

Joop has painted many Fuchsias. The  Fuchsia occurs in South West Ireland in the wild as bushes along roads and trails. It is impressive how hedges of red-purple flowers color that part of Ireland from July to October. The Fuchsia is a symbol of life energy: glow of...

Playground

Many parents said about this kind of work: “Aaah, my four-year- old can also paint something like that!” Yes, but as an adult it is almost impossible to paint as a four-year- old… Veel ouders zeiden over dit soort werk: “Aaah, zoiets kan onze vierjarige ook!” Jawel,...

Market day in Porreres, Mallorca

Every Tuesday it is marketday in Porreres, village on Mallorca where Joop lived. The painting on the left is on Place de la Vila, with view on the church of the town. The painting on the right is also Place de la Vila, but the small street on the right is called...

Zodiac sign Libra 23th of September / 22th of October

Oh, if I only was in balance and harmonious, I’m doing my best  but will it ever be perfect? But I’m waisting my time, have to lean on my intuition. Then my energy focuses on all people and brings unity between opposites. Ach, was ik maar in evenwicht en harmonieus,...

Impressions of Art Fair Aalsmeer

A photo impression of paintings of Joop on the Art Fair in Aalsmeer on Sunday afternoon  the 17th of September 2017. Een foto impressie van werken van Joop op de Kunstbeurs in Aalsmeer op zondagmiddag 17 september 2017.

The Knockatee Mountain in Ardea Tuosist, co. Kerry, Ireland

There lived a painter at the foot of the Knockatee. He painted a cloud, he painted a tree, he painted hundreds of paintings more. As then the Knockatee mountain asked “What about me…?” The painter looked up, and saw its beauty and saw his duty to paint this beautiful...

Sterrenbeeld Maagd 23 augustus t/m 22 september

Even if the ego of Virgin was neat and less messy, she sees little distinction between necessary and unnecessary things, she does not like empty spaces. She loves systems, cabinets, drawers and constantly is critical of others,  but once getting one with her soul, the...

Polish cloths / Poetsdoeken

A major class painter needs a painters coat. Although a big painter for Joop it was too large a bit Forty-four polish cloths we cut out of it … Voor schilders  van grote klasse daar hoort bij: de échte schildersjassen! Dus voor een hoop geld op Internet zo’n ding...

The Tree / De Boom

A frequently recurring theme in Joop’s work is The Tree.  Its roots are deeply rooted in the earth while the branches reach far into the universe. The Trees of Joop seem to make a connection between the earthly and the magic. In these paintings people are drawn to...