Portrait

Change is a process not an event, there is a continual flow and movement around us and in us, a constant conversion of what is happening now into the past. These works are made in that space, their appearance is created by it and the way they communicate relies upon it. They are not made with a system or fixed process but through an energy that I build, organic and unscripted. Each painting or sculpture or space follows its own path until there is a balance between presence and absence; where there are silences and hiding places that are both poetic and activating.
I am interested in things that communicate slowly and how I can slow down the viewers perception, to create forms that don’t reveal themselves fully, all at once, that have complexity and hooks and clues. The act of practice is for me, a filling up and emptying of space and surface; traces and echoes exist in a palimpsest, a build-up of painted marks, layers and statements that conceal and reveal, where time becomes held in a concrete way and the painting achieves a physical weight and substance. These layers allow you to swim in and out of the painting, they lead back in time.

Often below the word that is spoken is the thing known and unspoken and it is this territory I find interesting to explore. To try and find that language in painting or material where underneath what is said, another thing is being said or suggested.

Text by Sam Lock

Vita

1973Born in London, England
1991-97Education / MA Fine Art (Hons), University of Edinburgh

Lives and works near Brighton, UK.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020“Presence of absence“ Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall, UK
London Art Fair, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall, UK
2019“Now/Here” Cadogan Contemporary London, UK
Kunst Rai Amsterdam, “Aspect” Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag, NL
“In situ”&Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2018“Unremembered” Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag, NL
Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK
2017“Presence” Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag, NL
Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK
“Liminal Space” Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag, NL
Wimbledon Fine Art, London, UK
2013“Trace Element” Studio 226 Chelsea Design Centre, London, UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018“Juxtaposition” Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, DE
2017Art the Hague, Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag, NL
2016“Art at Home” Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, London, UK
“Drawn” RWA Bristol, UK

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge II, 13x10cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge VI, 13x10cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Two Paris, 29x12cm, Paper

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge III, 13x10cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge IV, 13x10cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, One Paris, 29x12cm, Paper

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Off Square, 29x23cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge I, 13x10cm, Bookcover

Sam Lock

Sam Lock, Inside Edge V, 13x10cm, Bookcover