Friday, November 5, 2010

Sculpture and Sam Lock

Sam Lock is a painter.  His oil on board paintings have such rich surfaces that they evoke all sorts of connections to other forms- old machinery, maps, geological core samples.

Looking at his work makes me question the scale of what I'm seeing. Is it nose to surface close or an aerial view from a mile away? How do you see it?

Sam says this about some his inspiration: "Living in Edinburgh gives you an all-pervading sense of history and awareness that you are merely the latest layer; it is a city of hidden stories that seem to whisper to you and dark corners full of lost information.  It has an identity that is both dark and beautiful, playful and sober, wild and solid; 

the duplicity of the city makes it hard to define, forcing you to live in the margins, the spaces in-between.  

Since leaving Edinburgh, my practice has been a pursuit of a visual language that explores this dichotomy; I have tried to find a tone of voice for my paintings that tells yet conceals, imagery that is both inviting and elusive, physical yet spatial, open and closed, warm yet melancholic."

Click here to see his website


Theresa Cheek said...

I love replicating patinas and decomposition...these paintings are what is in my head! Maps and core samples are perfect descriptions Patrick. Accomplishing the layers and illusions he has achieved is art in itself!


Patrick Gracewood said...

Theresa, I know what you mean.
It's interesting how we read the color and surfaces of Sam's paintings.

Color is its own lifetime of study... but how our eyes look and understand distressed surfaces, the seemingly random juxtapositions of layers, colors andtextures, and the images they evoke, is very dimensional. Yes?

Jennifer Tetlow said...

I can smell and feel the decay - pure comfort!