SHERMAN SAM

Annka Kultys Gallery


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BIOGRAPHY

Sherman Sam’s small abstract paintings and drawings allude to a sense of nature and reverie, yet ultimately prefer to remain as artworks, resistant to narrative. Generally no taller than 50 centimetres, Sam’s paintings begin on wood panels. Layers of paint are applied, in a mix of colours and textures. The resulting composition is not unlike a musical score; it is polyphonic, and echos beyond its frame. His drawings, slightly larger and with layered lines on irregularly shaped paper, are typically shown taped to the wall in the plastic sleeves in which they were shipped.  As much as Sam’s drawing concerns the ontological nature of drawing, it is sourced within the nature of abstraction and often uses the language of drawing as a point of departure.  His work possesses a searching, offhand quality that generates pictorial space while recovering memory and experience, presenting the image as refreshingly incomplete.

Born in Singapore in 1966, Sam has studied at Parson-in-Paris, Paris, and the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles. He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 and a Master of Letters in History of Art from the University of Oxford in 1997. His work was featured at Annka Kultys Gallery’s 2015 group show Desire of the Other, along with Theaster Gates, Oscar Murillo and Danh Vo. In 2016, his first solo show, Together We’re Heavy, was Annka Kultys Gallery’s second exhibition with the artist.

Sherman Sam was nominated for the 2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong – Asia’s most esteemed contemporary art prize.

Sam’s work has been exhibited internationally, with solo shows at: Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Some Walls, Oakland; Rubicon Gallery, Dublin; The Suburban, Chicago; Centro de Arte S Joao da Madeira, S Joao da Madeira, Portugal; and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. He has also participated in several group exhibitions at: Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Feature, Inc., New York; Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn; The Drawing Room, London; Sue Scott Gallery, New York; Kunsthalle Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca; and Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.

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SELECTED WORKS

Annka Kultys Gallery
SHERMAN SAM
Nothing in return
2016
Oil on panel
20.7 x 16.7 cm
(8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in)
(SSam015.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SHERMAN SAM
Disco Heaven
2015
Oil on panel
41.6 x 34.4 cm
(16 3/8 x 13 1/2 in)
(SSam011.15)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SHERMAN SAM
Do the same again
2016
Oil on panel
31.4 x 29.1 cm
(12 3/8 x 11 1/2 in)
(SSam012.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SHERMAN SAM
Do the same again
2016
Oil on panel
31.4 x 29.1 cm
(12 3/8 x 11 1/2 in)
(SSam012.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SHERMAN SAM
Just a perfect day 2014
Oil on panel
54.4 x 40.1 cm
(21 2/5 x 15 4/5 in)
(SSam008.14)

“Sherman Sam”

Traction magazine, review by Charlotte Bernrd

24 February 2017


“Dynamics of Desire”

MyTempleArt, interview of Annka Kultys by Maria Teresa Ortoleva about ‘Desire of the Other’

13 November 2015


“Artists Pick Artists: Sherman Sam”

Hyperallergic, interview by Rob Colvin

9 February 2015


“10 Great Artists At Art Stage Singapore 2014 – Picture Feast”

Art Radar, review by Kriti Bajaj

January 2014


“A Conversation With Sherman Sam”

Ocula, interview by Tony Godfrey

October 2013


“Remarkable Work Inspired By The Unremarkable Things In Life”

The Irish Times, review by Aidan Dunne

April 2012


“Connected”

The Brooklin Rail, review by Noah Dillon

January 2012


“Sherman Sam: Let’s Stay Together”

The Sunday Times, review by Kate Butler

19 April 2009


“Abstract of Faith”

Herald, review by Sue Conley

10 April 2009


“Let’s Stay Together”

ArtReveiw Magazine, review by Luke Clancy

May 2009


“Let’s Stay Together”

Artforum, review by Barry Schwabsky

Summer 2009

 


EXHIBITIONS

Annka Kultys

SHERMAN SAM | TOGETHER WE’VE HEAVY

17  NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER 2016

 

Annka Kultys

DESIRE OF THE OTHER

(Harold Ancart, Adrian Ghenie, Oscar Murillo, Theaster Gates, Danh Vo, …)

23 SEPTEMBER –  3 OCTOBER 2015Annka Kultys