Degree: Fine Art
University: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2014
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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 The often withdrawn expressions and vacant faces lend a mysterious and somewhat isolated mask to each figure, begging questions of identity and the societal discord of otherness.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.
My work contemplates the human spirit. Inspired by philosophy, anthropology and spirituality; it asks the question; what does it feel like to be human, alone and together? I desire to create a visual language that explores the visible and invisible spaces in the shadows of human experience and relationships. In this view, ambiguity often plays a role in the formation of works. My intention is to use drawing to explore relationships in both the physical and ephemeral realms amidst our modern-day society. The work is influenced by current political problems including societal conflicts, relational disconnection in everyday life and key figures that play a role in affecting these issues. My long-term ambition is to create a dialogue in art that conveys us as a collective public, offering visceral and contextual knowledge on how we can maintain togetherness, amidst separateness in modern times.
2018, Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015, Winter Postcard Show, WALL PROJECTS, Montrose
2015, Beyond The veil, Masters show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.
2012, Open up I'm Burning Through The Blossom Lounge, Toronto.
2012, The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
2011, The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
2017 - 12 x 12 - Galeria da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal.
2017 - Ateliers Abertas, Rua Conceicao da Gloria, Lisbon, Portugal.
2017 - Imagining the Future, Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
2016 - C-Hub and Tafaria foundation at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
2016 - Supporting Mind Scotland - The Image Collective Gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2016 - Awakening Hearts (Delhi) - Zorba the Buddha International Residence Exhibition, Delhi, India.
2016 - Gallery 48 Opening Night - Gallery 48, Westport, Dundee, Scotland.
2016 - Open Studio Exhibition, Jiwar International Residence, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 - The W. Gordon Smith Painting Competition Exhibition, The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
2016 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2015 - Winter Postcard Show, WALL PROJECTS, Montrose, Scotland
2015 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2015 - ARTSYLAND 9 NEW GRADUATES EXHIBITION II, WALL PROJECTS, Montrose.
2015 - New Scottish Artists. The Fleming Collection Gallery, London.
2015 - New Contemporaries 'Selected Artist', RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh.
2015 - RSW (Royal Society Watercolours), RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh
2014 - Solstice Gallery De Goede Toronto, ON.
2014 - Winter Tales, Duncan of Jordanstone College of art and design, Dundee.
2014 - Best of Degree show, The Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow.
2014 - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Degree Show, Dundee.
2013 - Open Up I'm Burning Through third showcase, Top Floor Studio, Corktown, Toronto.
2013 - Open Up I'm Burning Through second showcase, Top Floor Studio, Corktown, Toronto.
2015, The Fife Decorative and fine Arts Society Award.
2015, The Duncan of Jordanstone Postgraduate award for best academic performance.
2015, RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence.
2015, Friends of the RSA award.
2014, The Alexander Monroe Travel Award, best work for an artist under 30.
2014-15, 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.
August 2015 - The Courier, Artist's Imagination Fired by Gunpowder, by Mark Mackay.
August 2015 - GQ Magazine, Why Dundee is becoming Britain's coolest little city, by Robert Johnston.
March 2015 - University News, Art and Architecture graduates to exhibit at 2015 new Contemporaries, by Grant Hill.
January 2015 - The Scotsman Weekend Life magazine, RSW 134th Annual Exhibition, Water World, by Duncan Macmillan.
January 2015 - STV Dundee, Award-winning Dundee artists pick up nearly £5k in prizes, by Joe Birchenall.
January 2015 - Dundee University, Travel Beckons for Award Winning Artists, by Grant Hill.
January 2015 - Dundee Wave 102 Radio, Interview on RSW Alexander Monroe Travel Award.
December 2014 - Central Station, The Creative Social Network, Life After Art School with Samantha Wilson.