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.
2007 BA Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design
2012 The Impossible Wheel, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2009 Erotica Beastia, James Freeman Gallery, London
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
2014 The Last Man, James Freeman Gallery, London
2007 The Drawing Show, St Margaret’s Gallery, Norwich
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
Etapes Magazine, Issue 214, 2013
Hey Magazine, Issue 11, 2012
Saatchionline.com, Critic Choice 2007
The Kabin Contemporary Art Collection
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.