Sam Cranstoun’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. These investigations address the importance of the role assumed by the artist in creating work, as well as the importance of popular culture, mass media, art, architecture and design in forming a collective understanding of our environment and surroundings.
Sydney Contemporary 2017
Sam Cranstoun selected as a finalist in the National Works on Paper Prize
Congratulations to Sam Cranstoun who has been selected as a finalist in the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper Prize for his watercolour Diana, Princess of Wales (made using water from the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park London), 2018 (pictured).
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Sam Cranstoun selected as a finalist in the Bayside Art Prize
Congratulations to Sam Cranstoun who has been selected as a finalist in the Bayside Art Prize for his work Power structures 7, 2017 (pictured).
The Bayside Art Prize is a $15,000 acquisitive prize awarded for a painting. The judging panel includes Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art; Annika Kristensen, Curator, ACCA, and Joanna Bosse, Curator, the Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre.
The winner will be announced on 17 May and the exhibition will run from 18 May until 8 July at the Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre.
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Sam Cranstoun in Art Collector
Sam Cranstoun is on the cover of the current issue of Art Collector. Pick up a copy to read about how he assembles art history, pop culture and the digital age in his work. For further details, please click here.
Cranstoun's first solo exhibition at the gallery will be in September; to receive a preview, please email the gallery.
Sam Cranstoun at TCB, Melbourne
Curated by Chelsea Hopper, this group show entitled 'I can see Russia from here' includes a new work by Sam Cranstoun (detail pictured) plus Gordon Bennett, Eugene Carchesio, Chris Carmody, Alex Hobba, Peter Kennedy, Nigel Lendon, John Nixon, Stuart Ringholt, Meg Stoios and Jemima Wyman. For information please click here.
The exhibition runs until 24 June 2017.
To enquire about work by Sam Cranstoun, please contact Sophie Gannon Gallery.
Sam Cranstoun selected as a finalist in the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
Sam Cranstoun has been announced as a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. With prize money totalling $26,000, the biennial award showcases outstanding art created with, on, or about paper.
The exhibition runs from 20 May until 16 July 2017. For further details, please click here.
Sam Cranstoun at Caloundra Regional Gallery
Sam Cranstoun is included in Close Enough: Young Queensland Artists. The group exhibition includes works by post-emerging Queensland artists whose practices are concerned with shared and personal histories. Close Enough opens on Saturday 4 March at 2pm and runs until 23 April 2017.
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Sam Cranstoun in the 4th Bus Projects Editions Exhibition
Sam Cranstoun is included in the 4th Bus Projects Editions Exhibition, with his work, Untitled (picture elements), 2016, digital print, edition of 5 + A/P (pictured).
The fundraising exhibition includes limited edition prints by 29 emerging, mid-career and established artists. All works are archival inkjet prints, printed in a limited edition of five.
The exhibition opens on 20 September (7–10pm) and runs until 24 September 2016.
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Artist workshop with Sam Cranstoun
Join Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun this Saturday 3 September 2016 for a hands-on workshop using vintage and found photographic images as the foundation for collage-based artworks.
Cranstoun works in a variety of mediums – including collage, sculpture, watercolour and video – focusing on historical figures, events and images as a way of exploring how history is shaped and how we respond. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and his work is held in various public collections including University of Queensland Art Museum and Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. Cranstoun has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize and the Churchie Prize, and will have his first solo exhibition at Sophie Gannon Gallery in June 2017.
For further information or to book places for the IMA workshop please, click here.
Sam Cranstoun in West End Magazine
Sam Cranstoun is featured in West End Magazine. In the article, Cranstoun discusses his research-based practice and his recent Artbank + QPAC commission. Cranstoun's work can be viewed at QPAC's Russell St Wine Bar during July.
To read the article, please click here.
Sam Cranstoun wins 2016 Artbank + QPAC Commission
Sam Cranstoun has been announced as this year's winner of the Artbank + QPAC Commission. The award provides the opportunity for an early- to mid-career Queensland artist to realise the creation of a new large-scale work on paper for display in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Playhouse, Brisbane.
New work by Cranstoun will be included in the upcoming exhibition Fair Go at the gallery from 16 until 20 August 2016. To receive a preview, please email the gallery.