Sam Branton

Sam Branton’s work plays with subtle narratives and motifs that summon up references from film and Art History while creating perverse and comic counterpoints. Father of Mankind portrayed a family of manic, perverse, cartoon faced 18th century aristocrats. How sweet it is incorporated a cast of endearing and deranged creatures into reproductions of luscious Baroque, Renaissance and Rococo paintings. Erotica Beastia featured mutated private detectives in shadowy charcoal stills from a bizarre noir/ sci-fi movie and The Impossible Wheel followed a team of top-hatted gentile explorers and debauched mythical beasts through a frosty blue world.

Sam Branton’s latest work Deluge is a collection of miniature drawings. Drawn in softly applied coloured pencil, and influenced by the landscapes of Lorrain and Poussin, Deluge imagines the comical and confused moments that could happen during the aftermath of a great downpour.

Sam Branton studied Fine Art at the Norwich School of Art, graduating in 2007. He currently lives and works in Oxford.

EDUCATION

2007      BA Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design

SOLO-EXHIBITIONS

2012      The Impossible Wheel, Oxford University Press, Oxford

2009      Erotica Beastia, James Freeman Gallery, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013      On Paper, James Freeman Gallery, London

2012      Vespertilo, Blackwell’s Art Shop, Oxford

2011      Voyages Extraordinaires, James Freeman Gallery, London

2010      Drink and Dial, Wilson Williams Gallery, London

2009      Metro-Land, curated by the Flora Fairbairn Projects, Merriscourt farm, Oxford

2008      Whispers of Immortality, Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm

2008      Faux pas de deux, Signal Gallery, London

2008      Get the Lead Out, Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles

2008      Hollywood Apocalypse, Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles

CURATOR

2014      The Last Man, James Freeman Gallery, London

2007      The Drawing Show, St Margaret’s Gallery, Norwich

ART FAIRS

2014      AAF, Battersea Park, James Freeman Gallery, London

2011      AAF, Battersea Park, James Freeman Gallery, London

2009      Scope Art Fair, James Freeman Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2008      Zoo Art Fair, Natalia Goldin Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2008      Scope Art Fair, James Freeman Gallery, Lords Cricket Ground, London

PUBLICATIONS

Itsnicethat.com, 2015

Artcircusreview.com, 2014

Etapes Magazine, Issue 214, 2013

Hey Magazine, Issue 11, 2012

Itsnicethat.com, 2012

Interview.com, 2009

Dazeddigital.com, 2008

Juxtazpoz.com, 2008

Saatchionline.com, Critic Choice 2007

COLLECTIONS

The Kabin Contemporary Art Collection

Deluge

Sam Branton’s Deluge series is a collection of miniature drawings in softly applied coloured pencil that depicts newly paired and mystified inhabitants – as if imagined after a surreal downpour. Animals are abstractly set against idyllic, pastoral landscapes: a whale hangs from a tree, waiting for his weight to break the branch; elsewhere, a horse awkwardly struggles to escape from an inflated pufferfish; savage peacocks are tearing apart an octopus; and a baby elephant struggles to carry a beached whale back to the water.

Boar with Crabs
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Whale in Tree
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Peacocks with Octopus
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Lion with Butterflies
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Horse with Pufferfish
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Elephant with Whale
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Elephant with Monkeys
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Birds with Monkeys
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Two Fawns Eating Frogs
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Two Monkeys with a Narwhal
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Monkey with Carp
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
SOLD

Hammerhead Shark
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Monkey with Manta Ray
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Horses and Walruses
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Lion with Sailfish
Coloured Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
£800

Red River Giant Softshell Turtle with Flamingo
Coloured Pencil on Paper
62 x 75 cm
£1200

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