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Degree: MFA Art and Humanities
University: University of Dundee
Graduation Year: 2015

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The communication between viewer and artwork, or self and other, are vast in the case of Samantha Wilson’s work. Our attention is immediately caught in the punctuating forms that loom over us with an engaging presence. Large scale figures and bodily forms rendered in charcoal and ink stare out in uncompromising and stark confrontation. Wilson chooses pastel shades and ominous pinks against the shadowy, smoky contrast of charcoal to draw beautiful yet provocative reflections of individual characters. The often withdrawn expressions and vacant faces lend a mysterious and somewhat isolated mask to each figure, begging questions of identity and the societal discord of otherness. Each figure is cloaked in darkened shapes contrasted against softened edges, which lure unsettling feelings. This, in turn, exposes the diverse interpretations and arousing subjectivity obtainable through each piece.

Artist Statement

My work uses drawing and painting to contemplate social, political and cultural issues. Ambiguity often plays a role in the formation of images to explore both the physical and ephemeral realms of human experience. Free-flowing mediums; charcoal, ink and powder pigments are complimented by intentional subject matter. Depicting key events and figures of power that influence the nature of modern society. The work seeks to illuminate cross-cultural difference, similarity and ultimately the necessity for compassionate relating, regardless of race, age, gender, nationality or political status. It seeks to ask; how can contemporary art contribute in creating a more inclusive society?

 

Expanding on this my work explores the question; What does it feel like to be human, alone and together amidst turbulent times? Art for me has the capacity to delve in to this ambiguous question, because it shares the same quality as life. Its ambiguous and unstable.

It’s an ungraspable concept, but art for me, functions as a powerful observation tool of how we share this life together. To try to encapsulate glimpses of it. I think it is effective because art materials can be built up, in layers and then peeled back. They dissolve and break apart much like our daily lives. Its very nature is useful to describe the way life is. In that the process can often be mysterious. You often do not end up where you intended to go, and naturally that is the how everything is.

The physical plane that we live in as humans is very unsteady. When we can relax into that, the unsteadiness becomes more bearable and art is kind of like that. Maybe it helps me deal with the unsteadiness because you always must be ready for that. Ready to face it over and over again.

Collecting and juxtaposing photographic imagery of the events in our lives, and re-creating them with malleable materials like charcoal, powder pigments and paint let me look deeper at the life we are living, and try to extract both visible and invisible parts of it. I don’t know if that’s technically possible, but when I try, and look at the work when its finished, the feeling it brings makes it feel possible.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, A Collective Public ‘Part 1’, Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal
2016, Awakening Hearts, Zorba the Buddha, New Delhi
2011, Pittenweem Art Festival, Robert Adamson Hair Design, Pittenweem, Fife

Group Exhibitions

2020, Sustainable Connection, Unobvious Lab, Lisbon, Portugal
2019, MFA Alumni Show, Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Michigan, USA
2019, Castelo d’if Ateliers Aberturas, Espaço 62, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, Castelo d’if Ateliers Aberturas, Espaço 62, Lisbon, Portugal
2017, 12 x 12, Galeria da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal
2017, Castelo d’if Ateliers Aberturas, Espaço 62, Lisbon, Portugal
2017, Imagining the Future, Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya
2016, Artist in Residence Group Show, Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya
2016, Supporting Mind Scotland, The Image Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, Gallery 48 Opening Exhibition, Gallery 48, Dundee
2016, Jiwar Open Studios, Jiwar Int. Residence for Artists in Urban Creativity, Barcelona, Spain
2016, RSA Open, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, The W. Gordon Smith Painting Competition Exhibition, The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015, Artsyland 9 New Graduates Exhibition II, WALL PROJECTS, Montrose, Scotland
2015, New Scottish Artists, The Flemming Collection Gallery, London
2015, RSA New Contemporaries, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015, Winter Postcard Show, WALL PROJECTS, Montrose, Scotland
2015, Open up I’m Burning Through, Solstice Gallery De Goede, Toronto
2014, RSW Royal Society Watercolours, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2017, Klein Artist Works scholarship
2016, Nominee Scottish Variety Award for Best new Scottish artist
2015, The Fife Decorative and fine Arts Society Award
2015, The W.Gordon.Smith Painting Competition runner up prize
2015, The Duncan of Jordanstone Postgraduate award for best academic performance
2015, RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence
2015, Friends of the RSA award
2015, The Alexander Monroe Travel Award, best work for an artist under 30
2015, The William Sangster Phillip's academic scholarship and bursary
2014, The James Guthrie Memorial Art Prize
2014, The Hermione Hammond runner up drawing prize
2010, The Benni Esposito Drawing Award

Original works:

A Calm Knowing

By Samantha Wilson

£395

Strength in Solidarity

By Samantha Wilson

£395

Petal Whispers

By Samantha Wilson

£525

Noughts & Crosses

By Samantha Wilson

£325

Sweet Dreams

By Samantha Wilson

£350

Free Falling

By Samantha Wilson

£350

Sleeping on a Train

By Samantha Wilson

£1800

Covid-6

By Samantha Wilson

£200

Wreath of Roses

By Samantha Wilson

£475

Covid-2

By Samantha Wilson

£200

Covid-1

By Samantha Wilson

£200

Free for All

By Samantha Wilson

£1300

Eggshell

By Samantha Wilson

£350

Dennis Maina

By Samantha Wilson

£385

Kim Jong-Un

By Samantha Wilson

£1100

Sunita Narain

By Samantha Wilson

£625

Calling on Togetherness

By Samantha Wilson

£1800

Jaha Dukureh

By Samantha Wilson

£625

Pure Origin

By Samantha Wilson

£725

Christiana Figueres

By Samantha Wilson

£625

Angela Merkel

By Samantha Wilson

£725

Monica

By Samantha Wilson

£1100

Pink Shift

By Samantha Wilson

£980

Young Rush

By Samantha Wilson

£980

Lovers in All Circumstance

By Samantha Wilson

£980

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Dressing Up

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The Awaited

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Untitled

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Mermaid (2014)

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The Invisibles no 10

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The Invisibles no 1

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Boy Blues

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Dissolve into Me

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Wee Willie Winkies Hat

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Copper Crystals

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Robo Palm

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Personal Holding

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Hanging Dreams Out to Dry

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Florentina

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Lilac Facades

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Golden Wrap

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Early Conditioning

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