In search of redemption

Robert Sample

To celebrate the launch of the Rye Society of Artists’ (RSA) new website, Rye News continues to profile one of their artists each week – including links to their website and social media accounts so you can keep up-to-date on their activities.

You can view some of the RSA member’s work at their 70th anniversary summer show later in 2021, date to be confirmed.

This week, the artist in focus is Robert Sample

“The protagonists in Robert’s paintings avert their gaze from the viewer, they seem forlorn and overwhelmed by the existential world, some look skyward in search of redemption and clarity. Infused with familiar signs from religious art, the pathos of his subjects is transformed into piety.

“You could be forgiven for thinking this work deals with particular groups of individuals, but no, these are pictures of everyone of us stripped back to reveal our common vulnerabilities. Sample describes the images as depicting the “weightless mire” that we all endure as a key part of the human condition. They reflect back at us those times when we all feel rootless, unanchored and dissociated.” Gareth Stevens

You can see more of Robert’s work on his website, and the RSA website.

Image Credits: Tim Willcox , Robert Sample .


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