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*1983

North America

French

Samantha

2728

Artist ID:

Brief Biography


Born and raised in north central Minnesota, Samantha French graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. French’s current body of work explores the idea of escape, the tranquility and nostalgia for the lazy summer days of her childhood. The series is inspired by Samantha’s own reflections and memories of her childhood summers spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota. French actively exhibits her paintings and is included in many private and public collections throughout the country while her work has garnered extensive international and national press. She is a full-time painter and keeps a studio in Kingston, New York.

Brief Biography


Born and raised in north central Minnesota, Samantha French graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. French’s current body of work explores the idea of escape, the tranquility and nostalgia for the lazy summer days of her childhood. The series is inspired by Samantha’s own reflections and memories of her childhood summers spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota. French actively exhibits her paintings and is included in many private and public collections throughout the country while her work has garnered extensive international and national press. She is a full-time painter and keeps a studio in Kingston, New York.

Women in Art

Palm springs, trois

1758

Art ID

2018

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107 x 142 cm

Oil on canvas

16000

$

Samantha

French

Women in Art

Sleepwalk

1755

Art ID

2019

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122 x 153 cm

Oil on canvas

17000

$

Samantha

French

Women in Art

Weightless, timeless

1756

Art ID

2019

|

122 x 153 cm

Oil on canvas

17000

$

Samantha

French

Women in Art

Wanderlust

1757

Art ID

2023

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81 x 81 cm

Oil on canvas

8500

$

Samantha

French

Women in Art

Below the sun

1754

Art ID

2021

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158 x 189 cm

Oil on canvas

26500

$

Samantha

French

Women in Art

Heat Wave

1759

Art ID

2018

|

142 x 173 cm

Oil on canvas

21000

$

Samantha

French

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Artist Statement


My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. They are an escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day.

The use of my underwater photography (and the work that goes into these reference images) is as important a part of the process as the painting itself. After taking thousands of photographs and culling those down, I manipulate elements within multiple different images to achieve the final photo. After that I start the actual oil painting, and even then it is only a guide to capturing the bubbles and ripples that bend the light on sun drenched bodies.

Realistic and representational in nature, this work uses the figure as a reference point and allows me to focus on those abstractions and distortions the water provides with energetic and obsessive mark making. They are the ongoing investigation of my relationship to the water and the recreation of experience; the feeling of being immersed, cool and wet, warm and sun- drenched. This combination of memory, observation and photography has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.


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