This video was produced by Julian Langham: https://julianlangham.co.uk
Samuel's artwork is influenced by pop-art, art deco, psychedelia and dreamscape, this fusion of styles gives the artwork a contemporary feel yet simultaneously a sense of timelessness prevails. Samuel's paintings are vibrant stylised celebrations of the world using intense colour and psychedelic patterns to heighten the atmosphere. Large scale canvas panels enable the viewer to imagine walking into the scenes to leave reality behind.
Samuel shares his perspective of the world through his paintings: 'There is nothing more exciting and inspiring than seeing the world through the eyes of a child where the imagination is wild and free and limitless dreams and fantasies exist everywhere. I want to capture people's imaginations through my paintings showing that the world can be surreal, optimistic and idyllic.' In some ways our adult perspectives and perceptions of the world are narrower in comparison to what we once held as children. As adults we can never view the world as we once did, but through Samuel's paintings we are given a glimpse of pure euphoria and optimism.
"A unifying theme that runs throughout my paintings is that of escapism. My paintings capture a time and place that is idyllic and euphoric and many of the scenes deliver sunnier visions of the world to escape the darkest days we may find ourselves. There are key themes that inspire my paintings from the pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of our dreams and remaining hopeful. Escapism is an idea that runs deep personally for me and I believe that if you surround yourself with the state of mind you long for or the places you want to end up, then eventually they will manifest themselves into your reality. From time to time in life we all long to 'escape' and by focusing on where we want to be rather than dwelling on what we are trying to escape from - I believe is the best pathway forward. My paintings are an extension of this idea." ~ Samuel Thomas
''The child sees everything in a state of newness; he is always drunk.......Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered.''(Baudelelaire, 1863)
''I don't want to capture what is actually there, but rather capture a heightened sense of what could be''
Samuel Thomas touches on some of the stories that run throughout some of his paintings:
A woman escapes to Paris on her quest to find true love. Like the style of the painting being surreal and fairytale-like we ask the question; Is her persuit of finding true love a fruitless one - merely a notion or fabrication of happy endings that exist only in fairytales? Or could it be that we need to believe in our hopes or desires in order to make them become a reality.
We see an elegant lady escaping to sunnier times looking out and day-dreaming, her face is mysteriously hidden from the viewer and so we are encouraged to decipher the story of this painting for ourselves. Ponder the vast distance between the lady on the balcony and the man in the speed boat. What could be the significance of the bottles of alcohol in the foreground?
This was a painting based on my road trip through France where I realised that the most exciting parts of the holiday were often found on the journey to where we were heading. It is the anticipation, excitement and the uncertainty that makes life more exciting. The same can be said for Life. ‘Learn to appreciate the journey to where you are going rather than being consumed by the end goal.’
A woman stands within a field of lavender which is associated with inducing sleep. This painting blends reality with the surreal as if the woman is caught between her dream and her reality. This painting explores the importance of our dreams on our unconscious minds and having faith that one day our dreams will become a reality. Perhaps the house only ever existed in the lady’s dreams and is a symbol that represents everything that she longs for - security, a family home, a husband and a place to call home. Perhaps it is her shear determination and belief in her dreams that will one day make them come true?
This painting explores the idea that life can be so much more magical when you find that someone special to share the journey with. We see a couple cycling beneath the tree as it flourishes into springtime in a surreal psychedelic fashion.
Britain's sardonic wit and our fascination at making fun of politics is explored in this piece where we see the Kings, Queens and Jack playing cards used to emmulate the intricate architecture of Big Ben. But where are the Jokers of the pack? Running the Houses of Parliament of course!
'A daydream played out on canvas or somewhere caught between imagination & reality. Surreal & dreamlike, but just like a dream scratch beneath the surface and discover a deeper meaning'
2018: May & August, Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2017: May & August, Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2016: August, Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2015: Burnham Deepdale Christmas Market
2015: Windsor Art Fair
2015: May & August, Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2014 - Gallery 93, Totnes, Devon
2014 - The Big Blue Sky Gallery, Wells, Norfolk
2014 - The Laughing Dog Gallery, Brighton, Sussex
2014 – Summer Show @ Naze Tower, Walton on The Naze, Essex
2014 – AAF, Battersea, London
2014 – Crome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2014 - The Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2013 – The Granary, Norwich, Norfolk
2013 – Joint Show, Cromer, Norfolk
2013 – The Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2013 – The Picture House Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall
2013 – Crome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2013 – Gallery 93, Totnes, Devon
2013 – International Fair, Birmingham NEC
2013 – Executive Lounge, Norwich International Airport, Norfolk
2013 – Creativity Gallery, Sheringham, Norfolk
2013 – The Space, Norwich
2012 – Crome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2012 – Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk
2012 – The Garden House Gallery, Cromer, Norfolk
2012 – Storm Fine Art, Burnham Market, Norfolk
2012 – Sea & Salts, Southwold, Suffolk
2012 – Joint Show, Cromer, Norfolk
2012 – The Space, Norwich
2011 – Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk
2011 – Aldeburgh Contemporary Art, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2011 – Cambridge Contemporary Gallery, Cambridge
2010 – Solo Show, The Forum, Norwich
2010 – Doric Art Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2009 – Artisan Collective, Norwich, Norfolk
2009 – Collaborative Show, Cromer, Norfolk
2009 – Doric Art Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2009 – Baron Art Gallery, Holt, Norfolk