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

Through The Fields And Into The Sea
2020
Beach Comber
2019
Oi Oi Get Me An Egg
2019
Fire in the George
2019
Sharks Down Pett Level
2019
Sloop Dogs
2018
Up Trevalgon Hill
2019
Man in a Bowl
2020
Shitter
2020
Empty Boats
2020
Man Below Fields Zennor
2020
Down Tinners
2020
Peeing in the Sea
2020
Post Mining Landscape
2020
Cuckoos Back
2020
Standing Stone at Dawn
2020
Used and Loving It
2020

forthcoming exhibitions

17 March – 30 April 2021

Samuel Bassett

Fishy Men, Mackeral Skies

The London Collective
5 May – 5 July 2021

Samuel Bassett

Oi Oi

Vigo Gallery

past exhibitions

video

Samuel Bassett

In the process of (doing something) | The Box Plymouth (2019)

This series of filmed interviews offer an insight into the creative process of a range of artists and creative practitioners, from those represented within our collection, exhibition programme or commissioning process, to those who work in the region. In this film, Samuel Bassett discusses his influences and context.

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

Beach Comber

2019196 x 194 cm / 77 1/8 x 76 3/8 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

Sloop Dogs

2018Ink, acrylic and oil bar on canvas 150 x 120 cm / 59 x 47 1/4 in

Up Trevalgon Hill

2019Ink, acrylic and oil bar on canvas192 x 155 cm / 75 5/8 x 61 in

Man in a Bowl

2020Acrylic on panel46.5 x 33 cm / 18 1/4 x 13 in

Shitter

2020Work on paper 31 x 25 cm / 12 1/4 x 9 7/8 in

Empty Boats

2020Work on paper 25 x 18 cm / 9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in

Man Below Fields Zennor

2020Work on paper 25  x 18  cm / 9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in

Down Tinners

2020Work on paper26 x 35  cm / 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in

Peeing in the Sea

2020Work on paper 25 x 18 cm cm / 9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in

Post Mining Landscape

2020Work on paper 33 x 24.5 cm cm / 13 x 9 5/8 in

Cuckoos Back

2020Work on paper25  x 18  cm / 9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in

Standing Stone at Dawn

2020Work on paper 35.5 x 26  cm / 14 x 10 1/4 in

Used and Loving It

2020Work on paper18 x 25 cm / 7 1/8 x 9 7/8 in