Kees Smits makes abstract geometric paintings with acrylic paint on canvas. His works usually consist of several panels. A panoramic view of the flat Dutch landscape forms the basis for his works. Smits builds his paintings according to his own strict formal rules, but the imagination, 'the elevation of material', as he himself says, remains essential. In his work one recognizes recurring motifs, such as arrows, waves, spirals, eight shapes, circles and open cubes, which refer to the process of making and considering, but one also recognizes the simplified references to the things around us.
Kees Smits became known in 1979 for his participation in the famous exhibition "Fundamental painting" in the Stedelijk Museum. In 1990 he had an overview exhibition of fifteen years of work in the Centraal Museum. He was awarded the Sandberg prize as a result of this. Since 1994 he has exhibited regularly at Slewe. Before that, he exhibited at the former Galerie Van Krimpen. His work is represented in various museum, public and private collections.