Robert Sample’s paintings explore a world that has strong visual references to earlier masters and styles, yet is very rooted in the present, combining dynamic elements of street art with contrasting traditional techniques customary with historic painting.
Sample’s work gives reference to the ongoing struggle the artist has in creating the original image. He sometimes shunts techniques and approaches that are familiar to opt for experimentation, only to exalt these experiments and strip the idea back to its origin and raw form.
Sample explores humanity and its extremes, he focuses our attention on that which is often overlooked and invites the viewer to look deeper into the absurdities and beauty of human nature. Sample paints flesh, fat, skin, bone and muscle. Less concerned with realism and more with emotional affect, his work blurs the line between the external reality and the inner psychological landscape of the subject.