Sam Field

I Thought I Saw Eden

2 – 26 March 2022

Opening Event Friday 4 March 5:30pm

Field is an artist based in Marion Bay, lutruwita/Tasmania.  With his third solo exhibition with Despard Gallery, Field presents a new suite of paintings that explores the wonder of the traversing the Australian outback landscape.

Adopting a bold aesthetic that is distinctively raw, yet vibrant, Field aims to critique the many cultural narratives that underpin contemporary Australia, whilst unpicking the many mistruths that are woven into the fabric of recorded history.  Field’s paintings also celebrate the raw beauty of the landscape, as well as depicting the trials and tribulations of those who inhabit it.

The anecdotes that Field visualises through his work can be understood as artistic postcards, tracing his travels whilst in search for his creative sense of place.  The resulting compositions are undeniably Australian, simultaneously playful and solemn, powerful and restless, and despite often being laden with humour, they never shy away from uncomfortable truths.

‘I thought I saw Eden is a body of work made after visiting Far North Queensland. The works depict the rawness, bizarreness, and the spectacle of the Australian landscape, both natural and manmade. They embody the act of searching and the act of looking for the other, and the creation of a mythology to satisfy the wonders of that search. It is a personal narrative but also a very human narrative – to seek and to look beyond what is known. So, I guess this show is about perspective and perception, of looking, searching and seeing, and the act of creating to aid that process.’ – Sam Field

As part of the exhibition Field is also presenting a new series of charred panel works, an original creative process, where the artist takes to the substrate with a blow torch prior to painting, a technique which he has been perfecting over the last two years.

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Click here I Thought I Saw Eden – printed brochure with catalogue essay by Pippa Mott [pdf – 2.7mb]





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