OF THE LAND | A SOLO SHOW BY SAM PEACOCK
ï¿¼ï¿¼With representation in galleries from London to Sydney, Sam’s work graces the walls of some of the most discerning collectors worldwide.
His abstract pieces focus on ever-changing landscapes and the politics surrounding them, tackling issues from fracking ï¿¼in northern English towns, to exploration of the wide-open spaces of the Australian bush. ï¿¼
A stunning new body of work, Of the Land takes inspiration from the weather-beaten south coast of England:
“The work is designed to be as organic and true to the ruggedness of the south coast as possible” explains Sam.
“To achieve this, I’ve used a mix of Wealdstone clay mixed with coffee grounds and oils that define the coastal area around my studio.”
True to his signature style, this body of work is transformed into a living, breathing part of the landscape it depicts, with Sam blending in materials and substances that have strong associations with the place: “Pett Levels used to be a forest. At low tide, you can still see the tree roots submerged in the beach. The cliff face above was used as a lookout area for local tribes to spot for wildlife” he says.
“The steel used in the collection is a mix of flat sheets, crumpled steel and convex shapes, which highlight the merge in organic structure with the way areas such as Hastings were developed by the Georgians and Victorians into holiday towns with piers for recreation - far removed from the early tribes who would have sheltered in the area.”
“Of the Land comes from the notion that we are all from the land, right from the early tribes who would hide around fire pits in the evening to guard off wild animals, through to the seafarers of the middle ages who used the coast to forge a living.“ Intrigued? Of the Land will be on display between 3rd- 26th April at Curious Duke Gallery, five minutes walk from Old Street tube.