About the artist

Born in 1982 Samuel Bassett comes from Cornwall, more specifically the town of St Ives steeped in fishing and artistic heritage. His family have been there as fisherman since 1695 and until recently he occupied a studio above his grandfathers former net loft a few minutes walk from the Tate Gallery within the hustle and bustle.

 

Contemporary stories from his own experience and family lore and snippets or news from the ups and downs of his everyday social life combine with nuanced vulnerability and an expressive and experimental hand to create psychologically layered paintings about the human condition and his/our place within the madness of contemporary life. His sensitive and questioning introspection and emotional flip flopping means nothing is too obvious or too pretty in his paintings. Self portraits merge with real and imagined characters adapted to the story and how he is feeling at the time. The paintings often feel like they are questioning themselves and himself and this questioning and blurring of recollection combined with the artists joy of exploring painting for paintings sake make for images that have longevity and a strongly recognisable yet ever transient voice. A gregarious and engaging character his mind nevertheless seems to be questioning the bigger harder issues and to flit excitedly between concern and celebration.

selected works

Beach Comber
2019
Through The Fields And Into The Sea
2020
Oi Oi Get Me An Egg
2019
Fire in the George
2019
Sharks Down Pett Level
2019

current exhibitions

(Exhibition dates to be confirmed)

Samuel Bassett

Oi Oi

Vigo Gallery

past exhibitions

Beach Comber

2019196 x 194 cm / 77 1/8 x 76 3/8 in

Through The Fields And Into The Sea

2020Ink, acrylic, spray paint and oil bar on canvas165 x 135 cm / 65 x 53 1/8 in

Oi Oi Get Me An Egg

2019200 x 180 cm / 78 3/4 x 70 7/8 in

Fire in the George

2019178 x 165  cm / 70 1/8 x 65 in

Sharks Down Pett Level

2019Acrylic spray and ink on canvas150 x 120 cm / 59 x 47 1/4 in