Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Samuel Bassett: Rutting with the work experience kid

We are delighted to present the long awaited return of Samuel Bassett to London. Bassett had his first solo show with Nancy Victor six years ago in the old space on Charlotte St. The show hosts a collection of recent paintings, drawings and prints exploring split personalities and multiple personas.  

Night Fishing Down Gwidden, Mixed media on panel 

Fragments from memory, snippets of conversation, daily occurrences and personal reflections play a vital role in the inspiration for the works. Through play Bassett juxtaposes collected figures, text and landscapes, thrown together to create a new open ended dialogue. The result is visually rich and engaging, underpinned with a dark sense of humour. 

Together in You, Mixed media on panel

Riding Dads head to School with Pez, Mixed media on board

Really Upright, Mixed media drawing

Vigorous and prolific in his output, Bassett states that: “Focusing on one painting in isolation would feel as though I was running on just one artery. Working over many pieces at once enables me to constantly adapt the work in an organic and unmeasured process as fresh thoughts, approaches or ideas develop.”

Born in St Ives (1982) Samuel Bassett went on to study at Falmouth College of Arts and The Arts Institute Bournemouth. He currently lives and works in Cornwall where he founded LETH Projects, a curatorial platform for emergent arts in Cornwall. Bassett is also a participant in the arts collective TAaP and a partner in BUCCA Gallery for emerging arts in Cornwall.  
The exhibition runs until Monday 8th April.