Preview Drinks Reception 9th July @ 7pm
Check out Robert Sample’s Virtual Exhibition
As we ease one genius along, a space becomes available for another. From graphic bold Prints by John Pedder to Abstract Oil Portraiture from our list of Gallery Favourites Robert Sample takes over Ben Oakley Gallery on Friday 7th July from 7pm the artist will be in attendance. We just love the depth of Samples world and invite you to check out this brand new show on paper and board.
DISCONNECTIONISM July 9th -25th Exhibition runs til 25th July 2021
Robert Sample’s paintings explore a world that has strong visual references to earlier masters and styles, yet is very rooted in the present, combining dynamic elements from abstract painting and contrasting traditional techniques customary with historic painting.
The protagonists in Robert’s paintings avert their gaze from the viewer, they seem forlorn and overwhelmed by the existential world, some look skyward in search of redemption and clarity. You could be forgiven for thinking this work deals with particular groups of individuals, but no, these are pictures of everyone of us stripped back to reveal our common vulnerabilities. Sample describes the images as depicting the “weightless mire” that we all endure as a key part of the human condition. They reflect back at us the times when we all feel rootless, unanchored and dissociated.
Sample manipulates paint combining the impression of three dimentional form with large, gestural brushwork that tips its hat toward abstract expressionism. Paint is added and removed, layered and edited, these abstract backdrops are proud not to represent anything but itself, an exploration of mark making.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the Ben Oakley Gallery.
Thanks as usual for your continued support.
Created by Jason Boughtwood