From: Dunedin, New Zealand
Based in: Berlin, Germany
Main Artistic Theme: Landscape painting
Internationally recognized award winning landscape painter, Foley's works are placed in a number of large public and private collections. Over the last decade he has been a regular visitor to Europe, basing himself between Dunedin and Berlin, exhibiting throughout Europe and Scandinavia.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
From Dunedin New Zealand, Foley exhibits internationally, with works placed in a number of public and private collections.
Over the last decade he has been a regular visitor to Europe, basing himself between Dunedin and Berlin, exhibiting throughout Europe and Scandinavia. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award which included a 4 month residency at the cultural centre Altes Spital in Solothurn Switzerland.
A landscape painter, Foley enjoys depicting urban landscapes and forests. The repetition of naturally occurring forms and the expressive freedom of description is a constant form of fascination for him and his working process.
The urban landscape as a subject; the man-made and it’s encroachment into the environment. Juxtaposition of line against curve and the contrast between the subject and a formal composition within the frame are a constant consideration.
Moving Image Paintings
Past to Present at Pataka Musuem
Sam Foley’s large painting of the nocturnal central city of Berlin was much admired when it was exhibited at Pātaka in late 2013 among the Wallace Art Awards finalists of that year. What visitors enjoyed so much about this work was the extraordinary way Sam managed to animate his meticulously rendered nocturnal image of this historically significant European city by projecting spectral points of light that move across its otherwise static surface.
The addition of such projections totally transforms what would otherwise be static hyper-real interpretations of contemporary urban night scenes into something mysterious and otherworldly. Ghostly evocations of the head and tail lights of cars, trucks, busses and trains travel along otherwise deserted nocturnal streets.