Sam Mathers grew up in Raglan and now lives in Auckland working as a full-time artist regularly exhibiting work since 2004.
While living in London Sam worked for Sotheby’s moving fine art. Inevitably he was influenced by his surroundings. Handling artwork from highly acclaimed historical and contemporary figures Sams flare for the art scene was ignited.
Returning to New Zealand Sam exhibited in Raglan and went on to exhibit at Mobile Art Gallery in Auckland. His career as an established artist has been supported by large scale commissions. A mural for Saatchi & Saatchi in their Parnell offices, another at Media Design School in Auckland, to a more grandiose location ‘San Diego’ the New School of Architecture and Design (NSAD).
Since then Sam has exhibited in numerous group art shows throughout New Zealand. Sam’s Art is now sought after by serious Art collectors in New Zealand and internationally.
“My work is a visual diary of my travels around the world and day to day normal life experiences. They document the iconic and instantly recognizable as well as the odd and interesting. I’m fascinated by the back story – the cultural history behind the well-known images, along with scientific rules and the mechanics of how things work.
I explore these ideas within a graphic sensibility and play with scale, depth, text, current and old media, languages, currencies and slang to create a multilayer of meaning – the opportunity for each viewer to find and connect with something different. I deliberately create scratches, paint drips and weather-beaten marks to add character and a natural look, while using an unnatural colour palette.
I enjoy the immediacy of acrylic paint, the effects of oil sticks, bold and complimentary colours and the fun of seeing where a drawn line will take me. It’s a journey back to the memory of a place and time, to the iconic, the familiar and the quirky”
Examples of Sam’s work can be viewed at Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.