DIGITAL ART

I play with different subjects using portraits, landscapes, flowers and animals to juxtopose an image.

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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

PAINTINGS

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. 

FINE ART

STATEMENT

Contemplate

Contemplate

Diaphanous

Diaphanous

Fall

Fall

Halcyon

Halcyon

Lucid

Lucid

Moratorium

Moratorium

October

October

Opacus

Opacus

Patience

Patience

Peruse

Peruse

Rise

Rise

Shine

Shine

Sunrise

Sunrise

Virtue

Virtue

Approve

Approve

Anticipate

Anticipate

Caught

Caught

Conceal

Conceal

Conceal II

Conceal II

Conform

Conform

Conflict

Conflict

Control

Control

Connect I

Connect I

Connect II

Connect II

Deflect

Deflect

Disenchanted

Disenchanted

Detract

Detract

Emerse

Emerse

Escape

Escape

Expose

Expose

Flutter

Flutter

Forget

Forget

Freeze

Freeze

Glare

Glare

Grow

Grow

Hide

Hide

Hover

Hover

Ingress

Ingress

Innate

Innate

Linger

Linger

Opalescent

Opalescent

Pause

Pause

Persist

Persist

Protect I

Protect I

Protect II

Protect II

Punish

Punish

Pure

Pure

Presence

Presence

Reach

Reach

Reflect

Reflect

Regret

Regret

Regret II

Regret II

Release

Release

Remain

Remain

Restrict

Restrict

Resist

Resist

Return

Return

Soak

Soak

Storm

Storm

Support

Support

The Weight

The Weight

Tied

Tied

Transition

Transition

Turn

Turn

Undiscovered

Undiscovered

Untitled I

Untitled I

Untitled II

Untitled II

Vision

Vision

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