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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.
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.
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.
During his time at University (2013-2016), 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.
Sam has showed his work in a number of group shows in the UK. In January 2018, he landed 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. He was selected for the eighth instalment of 'Modern Panic', an annual group showcase of controversial, surreal and politically engaged works curated by James Elphick. In previous years, the same show has exhibited the likes of H.R. Giger and Charlie Bronson.
Lately in 2018, Sam has also been part of 'To Hope'; a group exhibition of MTArtist's situated within a disused retail space outside Euston station and most recently 'The Anti-Trump Art Show' at Rivington Studios curated by Creative Debuts.
His work has been included in publications like Ellipsis Journal: Issue 1 and most recently Friend Of The Artist Magazine: Issue 6. Within FOA Issue 6, Sam has a 5 page centrefold spread, an interview and an image in the opening cover of the magazine.
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.
After a break of 2 years following graduation from the University of Brighton, Sam will continue his study in painting by undertaking an MA in the subject at the Royal College of Art. He will
begin studying in October 2018.
Before the course begins, Sam will also be helping to build a new arts residency in rural north east Sweden near Gothenburg in august. Brothers John and Mike Atherton; print tutor and painting technician at the RCA have clubbed together and acquired a large plot of land in the area with barns and houses on site. Sam will assist in the construction of new studios in these buildings and the realisation of the arts residency to come. Upon its completion in roughly 2020, Sam will return to the residency as a visiting artist.
Prior to visiting Sweden, at the end of July 2018, sam will also be hosting an open studio of his work in his south London workspace. The open day will showcase over 15 large figurative paintings as well as some smaller pieces and a new video piece.
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London Evening Standard, 12th July 2018
A dedicated Anti-Trump art show opens tonight in London to coincide with Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.
The Anti-Trump Art Show – the exhibition’s official name – will open from 6pm to 10pm at a Rivington Studios in Shoreditch.
The exhibition has been put together by arts group Creative Debuts and will feature work by 50 artists who have reacted to the President and his policies ...
FAD Magazine, 08th July 2018
In response to Donald’s Trump’s planned visit to London on 13th July, Creative Debuts have joinced forces with over 50 artists to show their collective disdain of the, ‘dangerous racism, sexism and narcissism that flow daily from the White House,’ through a unique art exhibition.
The exhibition celebrates a specially curated range of contemporary artwork including photography, sculpture, craft, fine art, and film whilst raising money for End Violence Against Women on Thursday 12th July, the night before the organised protests. ...