The relationship between viewing and understand a painting as opposed to a photographic image, and in recent years a screen based image, is central to Sam’s practise. Painting is valued by the artist as a remedial activity and medium for reforming cold digital detritus into a new unique object. In a technical age where a carbon copy object can be 3D printed and photographic images over saturate our daily stimuli, reforming formless, screen based detritus within the language of painting breathes the life into Sam’s figurative paintings.
Utilising a collaging process, Sam uses the internet to mine for source material. Intriguing images from politics, the media, the environment and technology are shifted and juxtaposed in Photoshop with often disparate elements to create a new subverted narrative. The often-illusive figures in the works are placed in a semi-fictional world on the brink and at a power balance with the technology we have created.
Sam positions himself as the man in this man/machine paradigm; relying on touch, gesture and the physicality of the painted mark to imprint the meaning in the works. His images evoke to the viewer a sense of uncertainty and dystopia in the information age and to himself a sense of humanity through the painted process. A human feeling often lost in internet ocean or the robots in our pockets.
2012 - 2013: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. UCA Rochester
2013 - 2016: BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting. University of Brighton
2018 - 2020: MA Painting. Royal College of Art
2015: Parade Presents - "Art Prize" group exhibition. July. London newcastle project space. Shoreditch. London
2015: Flux: Solo show. September. Brighton Square. Brighton
2016: Fluid: Solo show. January. Corridor Gallery. Brighton
2018: Millennial Fever: Solo show. The Take Courage Gallery, New Cross. London
2018: Millennial Fever II: Solo show. SE9 Container Gallery. Eltham. London