About Joop Smits (1938 – 2014)
Joop Smits was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 1938. He graduated from the Eindhoven Academy in 1961. He has been engaged in drawing and painting as his primary means of creative expression since childhood. Early influences include regional landscape artists, the works of The Old Masters and the countryside surrounding his boyhood home. In 1992 he left for Ireland, where he built a studio. Here his enduring relationship with landscape finds new expression. In 2002 he built a second studio on Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain, where the southern light inspired him to more colourful paintings. In 2008 he decided to leave Ireland to live permanently on Mallorca.
In 2014 Joop traveled in his own spiritual world, he deceased on 27th of March that year.