SAM FOLEY

From: Dunedin, New Zealand

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Born: 1977

Main Artistic Theme: Landscape painting

Web: samfoley.co.nz

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.

Wakatipu III
Oil on Canvas
St Leonards Yacht Club
Oil on Canvas
Glenorchy Pier
Oil on Canvas
Teufels Tur, Berlin
Oil on Canvas
Zur Fetten Ecke
Oil on Canvas
Strip Sequence
Oil on Canvas
Moreton Bay Fig
Oil on Canvas
Below the Rhododendron Dell
Oil on Canvas
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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.

Rebecca Fox interviews Sam Foley for The Daily Times

Selected Exhibitions

The Artist's Room

Solo Exhibition:

Dowling St

Dunedin, NZ

Pataka Art Musuem

Solo Show:

Moving Image Paintings

Porirua, NZ

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.

Strip Sequence

Oil on Canvas