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Meet the Artist 2018: Sam Carney

Meet the Artist 2018: Sam Carney

Published: 07 June 2018

Sam Carney creates his highly expressive paintings and illustrations from his harbourside studio in St Helier. Using a range of mediums in both disciplines Sam’s energetic works are made spontaneously and draw on an ever growing variety of written and visual resources during their gestation. Sam’s practice has undergone some important developments in the past 12 months and he will be showing a selection of new paintings and drawings which reflect on this exciting and challenging time in his career.

We caught up with Sam to ask a few questions about his work prior to Skipton Open Studios:

How did you first get into art?

I don’t remember there being any one defining moment but I’ve always had a curiosity for processes and making things of all sorts, I think it probably developed out of that.

What or who is the inspiration behind your work?

I wouldn’t say that there was one person or artist that is the inspiration for my work; I suppose the simplest answer I can give is that I’m always fascinated by alternatives and the possibilities that these alternatives bring, I try to use painting to explore these possibilities.

What is the most interesting artwork, exhibition or art event you’ve seen recently?

I’ve been a little slack on seeing art in person lately but the ‘All Too Human’ exhibition at the Tate Britain will definitely feature in my next visit to London. I’ve also recently been introduced to the work of the late artist Per Kirkeby and I can’t wait for the opportunity to see his work.

What artwork do you wish you owned?

There are so many but I think a de Kooning would be very high on the list.

Have you taken part in SOS before?

This is my second open studios, but so much has changed in my work that it may as well be my first; I’m really treating it like that.

Why should we visit your studio?

This year rather than showing in my own space I’ll be exhibiting alongside three other young artists at Jason Butler’s studio which should give visitors a slightly different experience. The whole harbour area is a very exciting location with three collective studios all very close together. There should be a great variety and plenty to see for anyone wanting to visit.

Does living in Jersey influence your work?

I think living in Jersey has provided me with a good platform to start developing my career. The support of the creative community here is great with artists always willing to share ideas and get involved with each others work and projects, that encouragement is vital to me.

What do you find most unique about the Jersey creative scene?

I feel like awareness of the arts in Jersey is really growing at the moment, there is lots of new ground to be broken and possibilities to be explored. It’s a relatively small community and limited in some ways but I think that drives a resourcefulness that is applied to the events and projects that happen here.

What is the most important tool in your studio?

My palette is a pretty key part of my everyday practice, made of glass it’s a lovely smooth non porous surface to handle the paint on, closely followed by my armchair.

What kind of music keeps you company?

Quite often I work without music, especially in the morning but it depends on the day. The music I listen too is quite eclectic I suppose, Liszt and Coltrane right the way through to musicians like Akala, The Roots and artist interviews.

Images courtesy of Holly Smith Photography and video by Little River Pictures.

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