Approved: 29.03.2012

Sam Lee

Artist

Approved: 29.03.2012
  • Location: Chaumussay
  • Activities: Workshops, Art therapy, Community arts, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
  • Tags: sam lee, installation, sculpture, printmaker, maker, painter, photography, fine art, contemporary art, 107 workshop
 
 

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      Since 2002 I have produced and exhibited sculptures, installations, site-specific art work, photographs, books and prints in galleries and outside in a rural context both in France and the UK.Much of my inspiration comes from the landscape and the observations of light and form evident in the place I live and work. I often search out simple everyday materials which not only reflect my interest in ordinary things but also can equally influence or suggest the direction that I may take. Sometimes the art work begins from a simple visual or tactile interest in the material itself (even the availability of materials such as found objects), Installations have been made of cling film, aluminium foil, plastic, wood, wax, found objects and wire and the camera lens has captured and added too many of these art works. As much of the work is site-specific, photography has become an important medium with which to convey my direct experience of making art work in the landscape onto the gallery wall. The camera lens has allowed me to more fully explore ideas in a way that painting could not although I continue to make paintings). Fleeting moments of light and form have taken me in unexpected directions and even fed back into my installations and sculptures.

      Printmaking is also an extremely important element and has been a major inspiration, not only in my own work but as a job in which I have participated in many projects for artists such as Howard Hodgkin, Jim Dine, AR Penck, Joe Tilson, among many others since 1984. In recent years I have developed and concentrated on my own printmaking work which I am expanding in scale and concept with examples now held in private and public collections.

      Above all I seek to always surprise myself looking to discover an authentic creativity of my human experience and emotion.

       

      Bien que j'ai souvent utilisé la peinture depuis mon retour en France en 2002, j'ai également produit et exposé des sculptures, des installations, des oeuvres spécifiques pour un site, des photographies, des livres, des estampes, dans des galeries mais aussi à l'extérieur dans un contexte rural, tant en France qu'en Belgique et au Royaume-Uni.

      Une grande partie de mon inspiration vient du paysage et de l'observation de la lumière dans l'endroit où je vis et où je travaille. Je cherche souvent des matériaux quotidiens simples qui, non seulement reflètent mon intérêt pour les choses ordinaires, mais aussi peuvent influencer ou suggérer la direction que je vais prendre. Parfois le travail artistique commence à partir d'un intérêt visuel ou tactile simple pour le matériau lui-même (même la disponibilité des matériaux tels que des objets trouvés). Des installations ont été faites avec du film plastique, du papier d'aluminium, du plastique, du bois, de la cire, des objets trouvés et du fil, et l'objectif de la caméra a capturé et ajouté un si grand nombre d'oeuvres que cela m'a permis d'explorer plus en détail les idées d'une manière que je ne pouvais pas faire avec la peinture. Des moments fugaces de la lumière et de la forme m'ont conduit dans des directions inattendues et même renvoyé à mes installations et mes sculptures

      Je suis actuellement en résidence à l'atelier d'impression de l'Ecole d'Arts plastiques de Châtellerault et travaille aussi dans mon propre atelier au Petit Pressigny. L'estampe est un langage naturel d'expression pour moi avec le processus du dessin, des lignes et des marques qui est peut-être le coeur de tout ce que je fais. Avant tout, j'aspire à me surprendre moi-même en cherchant à découvrir une créativité authentique à partir de mon expérience humaine et de l'émotion.

       

       

       

      CV & Education

      Born March 1965 UK

      Nationality British

       

      Education

      1998-99     City & Guilds Further Education Teachers' Certificate (Stage 1), Norton Radstock College

      1985-88     Nottingham Trent University, Fine Art Department, BA Hons Fine Art (2:2)

      1983-84     Bath College of Higher Education, Foundation course, Sydney Place.

       

      Commissions, prints, printmaking

      2015 print residency at the Ecole d’Arts plastique, Châtellerault

      2014 Atelier 1931 ‘New Prints’ a series of woodcut and monotype images based on the landscape and ideas about proliferation and diversity.

      2011: Intaglio print ‘Angel At My Table’, edition of 10 with 4 AP’s woodcut for l’Artothèque de Châtellerault and national collection

      2010: Print ‘Light Works’ printed at l’Ecole d’Arts Plastiques de Châtellerault.

      2009-2011: freelance printmaking at 107 Workshop : for  Howard Hodgkin ‘As Time Goes By’, Gillian Ayres, Patrick Hughes, Oleg Kudryashov, John Eaves, Anthony Fry, Deborah Bell and Emma Stibbon RA,

      2006: Digital print ‘Slow News’ (‘Starburst’), edition of 15 with 4 AP’s for  Les Amis de l’Artothèque, Ecole d'Arts Plastiques de Châtellerault.

      2005: “Flux”, privately commissioned photography installation for Prodige-e, Tours, France.

      1995-98: Lithography and intaglio printmaking at107 Workshop (GB); Projects for  Howard Hodgkin Gillian Ayres, Patrick Hughes, William Kentridge, Oleg Kudryarshov and others.

      1994: Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris. Lithographic studio (Stone and plate). Projects for Jaume Plensa and José Maria Sicilia. among others.

      1984-92: 107 Workshop (GB intaglio printmaking including techniques such as carborundum etching, woodcut, mono type etc. Projects for Howard Hodgkin, Joe Tilson, Gillian Ayres, Victor Pasmore, John Hubbard, David Inshaw, A.R. Penck, Patrick Hughes Anthony Fry, Jim Dine, William Kentridge, Michael Heindorff among many others..

       

      Teaching experience

      2005-2008: English teacher for private art and craft company, DTM Preuilly-sur-Claise, 37.

      2004-2006: Various art workshops at English speaking schools, Paris, including Ecole Active   Bilingue and The British School.

      1999: Art therapy workshops, Frome, UK

      1995: English teacher at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Valenciennes.

      1992-93: Art Teacher on a voluntary basis for MS sufferers at the Cheshire Homes, Hydon Heath, Godalming, Surrey, England.

       

      Collections

      Artothèque de Châtellerault

      Bibliothèque National de Paris

      Artothèque d’Angoulême

      Bibliothèque du Petit Pressigny

      Private collections

       

      Exhibitions

       

      Selected solo exhibitions

       

      2015       Rhythmcal landscapes, Alpha Consulting, Antwerp

      2014       Ocean Bloom, installation, Artcuterie Gallery Poitiers

      2012       Frome Festival. ‘Postcards from a Quiet Landscape’

      2009       Atelier 1931, (Constructs, Photos, Paintings), France

      2008       Fragments, Espace Mose, La Roche Posay, France

      2008       Awakenings, Atelier 1931, Chaumussay

      2008       Awakenings, Parsons Gallery, Paris

      2008       ‘World Disco’ Installation, Les Eco-festivités, France

      2007       ‘World Disco’ installation, Atelier 1931, Chaumussay, France

      2004       Commencements et aboutissements, MCL, La Roche-Posay, France

      2002       Retrospective, The Garden Cafe, Frome

      2000       Cutting Edges, The Meeting House Gallery, Ilminster

      1999       Bell Street Gallery, Shaftesbury

      1998       West End Gallery, Saint Mary’s Church, Nottingham

      1997       Round Tower, Black Swan Gallery, Frome

      1997       Bell Street Gallery, Shaftesbury

       

      Selected mixed exhibitions:

       

      2015       Funny Ha Ha, Burghely Sculpture Garden, Lincolnshire, UK

      2015       centre d’Art de Puyguerin, 86 saires, prints

      2013       L’art et lard, Sentient Forms, Le Petit Pressigny

      2013       Châtellerault Festival, Ocean Bloom installation.

      2013       Juliana’s Bike, Leeds art centre

      2012       Photofolies En Touraine, Chateau de la Guerche

      2012       Parallax Art Fair, London

      2011       Anemones installation, L’art et Lard, Le Petit Pressigny

      2011       Parallax Art Fair, London.

      2010       Frome Festival. ‘Look’.

      2010       Château de la Celle Guenand, PhotofoliesLight Catcher’

      2010       Veuil, ‘Grandeur Nature’

      2009       Feast installation, L’Art et Lard, Le Petit Pressigny

      2008       Tradition et Avant-Gardes, (Photofolies en Touraine), Château de Saché,

      2008       Exposition pour Photofolies en Touraine, Château de Bleré, Bleré, France

      2008       World Disco installation, L’Art et Lard, Le Petit Pressigny, France

      2006       ‘Slow News’, Ecole d’Arts Plastiques, Châtellerault, France.

      2001       Six's and Seven's (art group), Cooper-Bussman factory, Frome festival

      2001       Six's and Seven's (art group) Walcot Chapel, Bath

      2001       Somerset Arts Week, The Cheese Yard, and sculpture trail, Wells

      2000       Restoration, Resurrection, Midsomer-Norton Methodist Church

      1999       Off the Shelf III, Sherborne Contemporary Arts

      1999       6, maybe 7, The Meeting House Gallery, Ilminster

      1998       Off the Shelf II, Sherborne Contemporary Arts

      1998       Images in the Abstract, Salisbury Playhouse

      1998       Somerset Arts Week, Three Artists, Witham Hole

      1998       Window Shopping, Sherborne Contemporary Arts

      1997       Off the Shelf, Sherborne Contemporary Arts

      1995       Nomades, Galerie Graphes, Paris, France

      1995       Nathalie Beeckman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

      1995       Portes Ouvertes, Belleville, Paris, France

      1995       4 artistes, U.C.J.G. Gallery, Paris, France

      1994       Portes Ouvertes, Belleville, Paris, France

      1991       C.C.A. Gallery, Farnham

      1991       New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

      1989       Leicester City Council – graduates 89