“Sample’s work is a fine example of that rare thing, a collection of unapologetic figurative works, which do not rely on irony or nostalgia to create a strong image”
ArtDaily.com February 2010
Robert’s paintings explore a world that has strong visual references to earlier masters and styles, yet is very rooted in the present, homogenising dynamic elements of street art with contrasting traditional techniques. Working on sheets of industrial ply he uses a mixture of oil paint, gesso and stencils along with spray paint and other household products. Robert paints flesh, fat, skin, bone and muscle. In the application of paint he is less concerned with realism and more with effect.
In all his work Sample explores humanity in its extremes; he focuses our attention on that which is often overlooked. In his work Robert encourages the viewer to create their own narrative, he allows the work to be viewed subjectively touching on day to day human emotion and experiences, urging the viewer to look deeper into the absurdities and beauty of human nature.
Robert Sample has exhibited extensively in London, America and the continent.
Member of Rye Society of Artists