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bio

Samantha is a London-based artist, painting and drawing in her studio in Brixton. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Oregon State University and recently finished the Correspondence Course with Turps Art School in 2023.  She exhibits regularly in group and juried shows, her work has twice been selected for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize and Lynn Painter-Stainer's Award.  In 2017, she was commissioned to paint Dame Valerie Beral for Oxford University for their project Diversity in Portraiture.  She is a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters. 

statement

My work is concerned with capturing moments; the sense of a fleeting experience or memory, held indelibly in the swirling application of paint over a slick surface.  In the act of painting, I manoeuvre and slide translucent layers of oils over a glossy white ground of enamel: brushing, softening, scratching, wiping back, my goal is to disturb the slippery glazes of oily colour until my desired image, and its accompanying sense of something, is secured. My focus is to present the souvenir of a sensation: a suggested token to spark a flicker of nostalgia in the viewer alongside a possible narrative .  I try to give a photographic sensibility to my paintings, hoping to further the sense of a snapshot of a forgotten experience, an old keepsake found down the back of  the sofa that jogs the feeling of a memory one can’t quite be sure of or put a finger on.

education

2022-23 Turps Art School Correspondence Course

1992-95 BFA Fine Art Oregon State University, USA

exhibitions

2024

2023

2022

2021

2020

2018

2017

2016

2015

  • Contemporary British Portrait Painters The Dept Store, Brixton, London

  • Works on Paper 6 Blue Shop Galleries, London

  • South Open 2 OHSH Projects, Peckham, London

  • Fierce Scandal Lido Stores, Margate

  • A Room of One's Own Irving Gallery, Oxford

  • Unearthed 54 The Gallery, Mayfair, London

  • Under Their Skin One Paved Court, Richmond, London

  • Do Not Swallow Safehouses, Peckham, London

  • Small and Mighty Ladies Drawing Club

  • Contemporary British Portrait Painters The Dept Store, Brixton, London

  • 12 x 12 Show Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, USA

  • ING Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London

  • Portraits in Isolation Virtual Exhibition, Old Fire station, Oxford

  • Perceptions, works by the CBPP The Space, Cass Art, London

  • BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Lynn Painter-Stainers' Award Mall Galleries, London

  • The Full Picture : Oxford in Portraits Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

  • Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London

  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Mall Galleries, London

  • BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery, London

  • The 248th Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Art, London

  • RBSA Portrait Prize RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

  • Society of Women Artists Mall Galleries, London

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