Huseyin Sami’s practice to date has been predicated on pursuing a consistent line of experimentation to illustrate how painting can capture ideas of time, action and process. Sami’s work has centred extensively on the field of painting and developing numerous activities that have iteratively engaged with the process of making paintings. These progressive pursuits have explored the material of household paint into studies of colour, form and materiality in an attempt to define a unique material language of painting.
Sami’s creative process of transformative incidents within his working methodologies has provided a platform for circumventing new questions and strategies toward art making. This has been a process which further engages his established repertoire of pictorial codes and devices such as pouring, dripping, rolling, stretching and cutting household paint to present the possibility of opening up a new creative space. These enquiries reflect an ongoing series of informed revisions, which have taken his examination and understanding of the medium further.
Since graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 2003 with a Master of Visual Art, Sami has exhibited extensively across Sydney and Australia. In 2004, he was included in the Primavera survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. He has completed several residencies in Sydney, including at Artspace, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Parramatta Artists Studio, and internationally at the Contemporary Arts Centre in Japan. His work is held in the Artbank collection as well as in private collections in Australia, Germany, Japan, the UK and USA.
MODERN PICTURESHuseyin Sami’s solo exhibition Modern Pictures at Sophie Gannon Gallery explores the artist’s continued commitment to form, materiality and experimentation within the context of painting. Since the early 2000s, Sami has engaged with an artistic practice that has aimed to continually push the materiality of paint. This has been realised through the process of time and patience, chance and play. For example, in his widely renowned ‘paint skin’ works, Sami’s process involves leaving vessels of house paint uncovered and exposed, allowing the paint to dry. From there, the artist takes playful gestures as his point of departure, here pushing the materiality to its limits. The result is of course a painting, but not as we typically know it – Sami’s paintings take on a lived reality of the medium itself. The psychology of colour, too, is important in his works. Sami does not prescribe a heavy, content-driven agenda. Instead viewers have agency in their own reading of the work. Sami prefers it this way. Through this process, he activates a vault of memories from audiences. Using house paint, a familiar domestic material, Sami evokes a sense of nostalgia and invites audiences to consider what a particular colour means to them. Sami is deeply informed by art history and his years of training in the field. While many artists might seek only a rudimentary understanding of art history and its highlights, Sami instead critically analyses the history of painting to see how he can contribute a new methodology to the medium. He as an artist is determined to produce a fresh response to the canon of painting. – Tess Maunder, 2021
HUSEYIN SAMI SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS'S FAUVETTE LOUREIRO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Huseyin Sami has been selected as a finalist in the Sydney College of the Arts's Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship in the mid-career/established category.
The finalist exhibition opens on 1 October 2020 at SCA Gallery, Sydney.
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Image: Huseyin Sami, Untitled 4, 2019
HUSEYIN SAMI SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE RAMSAY ART PRIZE
Huseyin Sami has been selected as finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize for his painting, Untitled (GWPPW), 2018.
Untitled (GWPPW) is part of Huseyin Sami’s Paint Skin series. Continuing his exploration of paint, Sami investigates the material of household paint in his studies of colour, form and materiality.
He says, ‘I create conditions where things can happen, the process, a kind of unknown predictability of the medium, which lends itself to become something. Exploring the liberal freedom of material experimentation and performative action looking beyond perceived limits of surface.’
Sami’s painting practice pursues ideas of time, action and process. Experimenting with the limits and freedom of the medium, he places emphasis on painting as a performative process.
The Ramsay Art Prize is a $100,000 acquisitive prize for contemporary Australian artists under the age of 40.
Shortlisted works will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 25 May until 25 August 2019.
Image: Huseyin Sami, Untitled (GWPPW), 2018, courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery
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