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SAM LOCK


SAM LOCK 5th - 23rd February 2018

CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY

87 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3LD Telephone: +44 (0)20 7581 5451 www.cadogancontemporary.com

Gallery Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 6pm or by appointment


Time – space – existence For Sam Lock painting is a daily practice. It is his preoccupation and as a consequence a continuous cycle of making that feeds back into itself, the by-product of how his time is spent, the energy of the studio space and his creative existence.

The paintings surface is my interface between his inner and outer personalities, the duality of the conscious and subconscious. What the painting becomes and the journey it takes are a by-product of drifting between the 2 states.

Each work is the result of a sequence of intuitive actions, an immediacy that captures the physicality of the moment, a mark put down, a footprint left, the tracks and avenues of his thoughts and their circuits.

This is the source of the abstraction in his work, its open-endedness. They are part-formed, partial mindscapes, landscapes that are part-imagined and part of us. Spaces where he has been and left something behind and found something else.

The painting is the consequence of the mind’s movement, the residue of action, a fluid space of freefalling notions and occurrences (sanded, stained, scorched, sealed, torn). Heavily and physically worked layers of immediacy where ideas are acted upon and allowed to interact with eachother’s time and place. The space in these paintings goes inwards, into and through their own strata, physical rather than as illusion across the space. His paintings are intended to spread out into the senses, to create an energy that involves and intrigues people, hooks into their imaginations and makes their minds wander. He uses the texture and layers of the surfaces to do this. They are as visual as he can make them – each time one looks he wants there to be something more than before. They are not paintings that reveal themselves in a glimpse; knowing what these paintings are about is not instantly legible or accessible, rather it is felt or sensed and contemplated and needs the viewer to find a different pace. This is not meant as a trick but more as a deliberate way of involving people, a way in which to turn audience into companions.

Lock’s paintings grow and change, transform, an organic build-up of layers and previous images and tones that are broken back into, torn away, covered up, pushed back, revealing the archaeology of the past. It gives the work an elusive feeling, where the colours drop in and out of themselves and the structures and spaces are a palimpsest of what came before. As a consequence, his work revolves around time; the time it takes to make them, histories and memories, traces of another time and place. This is where the work finds its tone of voice, a contemplative space, maybe melancholy, or calm, the poetry of yesterday.


Drifts the space mixed media on canvas 120cm x 120cm

The open window mixed media on canvas 120cm x 120cm


A space to cross mixed media on canvas 150cm x 120cm

In broad day mixed media on canvas 150cm x 120cm


And daylight flew mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm

Circle of silences mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm


Before the water mixed media on canvas 200cm x 200cm


Their shadows mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm


Full of shade mixed media on canvas 100cm x 100cm

Green the air mixed media on canvas 120cm x 120cm


The day smiled mixed media on canvas 150cm x 120cm


I fall apart I mixed media on canvas 140cm x 100cm

I fall apart II mixed media on canvas 140cm x 100cm


I fall apart III mixed media on canvas 140cm x 100cm


Sky into Light mixed media on canvas 150cm x 150cm


In the memory mixed media on canvas 30cm x 30cm

The sea you hear mixed media on canvas 30cm x 30cm

The sky lowers mixed media on canvas 30cm x 30cm


A dream that vanished mixed media on paper 140cm x 100cm

Feels it’s wings mixed media on paper 140cm x 100cm


Thoughts no longer fly mixed media on paper 140cm x 100cm


INSTALLATION Six-sided paintings mixed media on paper 20cm x 20cm x 20cm


SAM LOCK CV Selected Exhibitions Mile of Art (369 Gallery) Royal Mile, Edinburgh 1996 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 1997 Undercurrents, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 1999 Chichester Open Art Exhibition 2002-4 Art at Amberley Museum 2003-5 London Artists Book Fair, ICA, London 2004 Solo Show, Xavier Gallery, Brighton 2004 ConTemporary Gallery, Queens Rd, Brighton 2005 Brighton Art Fair 2005-15 “Trace Element” Solo Show, Studio 226 Chelsea Design Centre 2010 Christmas Show, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk 2010 Spring Show, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk 2011,2013 32 Paintings – Group Show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2013 Bluemoon Gallery, Tunbridge Wells 2013 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries 2013 Discoveries, Temporary Gallery, Hove 2013 Columbia Road Gallery, London 2014 SeeArt Fair, Tunbridge Wells 2015 Mixed Show Cadogan Contemporary, London 2015 Drawn, RWA Bristol 2015 Solo Show, Wimbledon Fine Art 2015 AAF Battersea, Four Walls 2016 New Year Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary 2016 Art at Home, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art 2016 Battersea Decorative Arts Fair, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art 2016 AAF Hampstead, Four Walls 2016 Liminal Space, Solo Show, Twelve Twelve Gallery, Den Haag NL 2016 AAF Bristol, Four Walls 2016

Inaugural Exhibition, Anne Neilson Fine Art, North Carolina USA Jan 2017 London Art Fair, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art Jan 2017 Winter Battersea Decorative Arts Fair Jan 2017 Solo Show, Cadogan Contemporary Feb 2017 Spring Battersea Decorative Arts Fair Mar 2017 AAF Battersea, Four Walls Fine Art Mar 2017 AAF Hampstead, Four Walls Fine Art May 2017 Solo Show, Wimbledon Fine Art June 2017 “Presence” Solo Show, Twelve Twelve Gallery Netherlands Aug 2017 AAF Stockholm, Four Walls Oct 2017 ArttheHague, TwelveTwelve Gallery Oct 2017 Group Show, &Gallery, Edinburgh Nov 2017 Edinburgh Art Fair, Four Walls Nov 2017 The Winter Collection, Josie Eastwood Fine Art Nov 2017 “Connection” &Gallery, Edinburgh Dec 2017 “Juxtaposition” Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne Jan 2018


CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY

87 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3LD Telephone: +44 (0)20 7581 5451 www.cadogancontemporary.com

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Sam Lock 2018  

A new exhibition from the English abstract painter

Sam Lock 2018  

A new exhibition from the English abstract painter