FINE ART

DIGITAL ART

I layer subjects of the landscape, figures and household objects together to create a narrative. I create subtle yet challenging palettes that compliment the subjects and contain an element of surprise.

Contemplate
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Diaphanous
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Fall
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Halcyon
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Lucid
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Moratorium
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October
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Opacus
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Patience
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1/2
Due
Patience
Approve
Anticipate
Caught
Conceal
Conceal II
Conform
Conflict
Control
Connect I
Connect II
Deflect
Disenchanted
Detract
Emerse
Escape
Expose
Flutter
Forget
Freeze
Glare
Grow
Hide
Hover
Ingress
Innate
Linger
Opalescent
Persist
Protect I
Protect II
Punish
Pure
Presence
Reach
Reflect
Regret
Regret II
Release
Remain
Restrict
Resist
Return
Soak
Storm
Support
The Weight
Tied
Transition
Turn
Undiscovered
Untitled I
Untitled II
Vision

PAINTINGS

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Emerging artist Sam Houston only graduated in 2013. He is already being tipped as a rising star and is actively sought after by galleries throughout the UK. He has exhibited with galleries in London, Cornwall and Edinburgh and was shortlisted for both the Royal West of England Academy annual exhibition and the Premio Combat Art Prize in Italy. In February 2014 he was selected to exhibit with Federation of British Artists 'Futures Exhibition' at the Mall Galleries in London and his work has been exhibited at several prestigious art fairs.


On seeing Sam's work at his university graduate show on tour in London, Sophie Hill, Special Projects Manager at the Mall Galleries said: "Painting was stolen by Sam Houston, also a print-maker, whose canvases are built up through a layering of images, paint and print. Taking crumbling old buildings as a starting point, Houston explores the fragility of our surroundings; places that were once home and safe decaying into an uncertain shadow of what they once were. His layering technique builds up these feelings, as distant architectural outlines are cloaked in an eerie smoke of drained colour, the shadows of lost figures imprinted on their souls. Houston’s work conveys that strange and internal sense of evaluation upon seeing a derelict building – when one thinks of what the stones once were, before being left to disrepair." We say - watch this space and buy now.

Saffron Gallery, Battle, East Sussex. 

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Falmouth bought a selection of its 2013 graduates to London last weekend, letting them loose in the underground rooms of Shoreditch Town Hall. This cavernous space, with its dark and hidden corners, is the perfect place for a graduate show; the experimentations of a new generation creeping across its crumbling and atmospheric walls.

Painting was stolen by Sam Houston, also a print-maker, whose canvases are built up through a layering of images, paint and print. Taking crumbling old buildings as a starting point, Houston explores the fragility of our surroundings; places that were once home and safe decaying into an uncertain shadow of what they once were. His layering technique builds up these feelings, as distant architectural outlines are cloaked in an eerie smoke of drained colour, the shadows of lost figures imprinted on their souls. Houston’s work conveys that strange and internal sense of evaluation upon seeing a derelict building – when one thinks of what the stones once were, before being left to disrepair."

Sophie Hill, Mall Galleries, London

STATEMENT

Within my work I aim to portray an understanding of 'home', challenged by the passage of time, by layering images of old, decaying architecture with aspects of the landscape, to create a sense of familiarity. I use images of derelict houses and buildings, once perceived as safe, now withered with age, seem empty and lost. I fragment and reconstruct these images and aspects of the landscape, whilst embedding the figure to create an ungrounded space. I experiment with the narratives between the figures, stirring connections between them and the location.  

I use the process of layering to connect subjects together, creating an element history as the layers develop. The subjects collaborated into this new space, is similar to a limbo of discomfort and desire. The linear description of certain subjects encourages a translucent depth as the images merge, allowing freedom to read through the layers.