sam creasey


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The paintings of London based artist Sam Creasey welcome the viewer into a dystopian narrative formed from a juxtaposition of lurid photographic material extracted from the internet. The fragmented story lines occurring amongst the figures in the potent figurative works are a semi-fictional reflection of modern life in a state of flux.



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Viewing technology and its permeation into our lives as a main source of inspiration, the ramifications and changes they incur on a population form concepts for each painting. Sam uses a technical process of sourcing, editing and a manipulating of digital photography in a variety of ways. Often using a scanner or Photoshop to send something digital through a destructive/reconstructive journey, before realising the final work with paint and by hand.
Some of the larger compositions portray a narrative trait akin to sci-fi and Cyberpunk film and literature, whereby the high-tech, meets low life, and man is at a power balance with AI and robotics. Although fictionalised and exaggerated, to keep the works firmly within our world Sam also uses gaudy references to pop culture and brands in the paintings.



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Having studied painting at the University of Brighton and viewing its historical significance as a medium that paved the way for print, photography and then finally moving image, Sam finds a certain justification for painting itself in today’s world. For the artist, the remedial act of mark making by hand and interacting with the physicality of paint restores new meaning to the images spliced and re-appropriated from the internet in his collages. A new unique object is created as a result.



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Sam has showed his work in a number of group shows in the UK and most recently a solo show spread across two spaces in London: The Take Courage Gallery and SE9 Container Gallery. Culminating at SE9, the gallery (an Arts Council scheme) is made from old shipping containers and provides a closer relationship for young people with contemporary art.
During his time at University, he ran a successful pop up show for a month in the Brighton lanes following a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the rent for the gallery. The inspiration for which came from his inclusion in a similar project curated by Sophie Giblin of Kollektiv Gallery in his first year.



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Sam continues to work on further paintings for the Millennial Fever series shown in his solo show to expand the body and hopefully showcase them again later in the year.



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Travelling to Glasgow in September, Sam will spend a year studying a fast track masters in painting at the Glasgow school of Art.
Sam also hopes to organise and curate a large group exhibition of his own related to the ever-expanding theme of art’s response to rapid technological growth.