Samantha Yallope


"I have always had a very active imagination. I assumed it was just slow down as I got older, but it never did. Art is my way of giving the inner life a reality – bringing the inside, outside – in the hope that I might learn something from the process, the product, or both.”

Rainbow Rose - Oil on board

Samantha Yallope (b. 1976, London) has been drawing since she could hold a pencil and selling her artwork since age 14. Working predominantly in oils and acrylics, she uses vibrant colour (as well as the influence of Pop Surrealism) to give dream-like beings life and recognition as part of a subconscious journey.

“During my teens, I realized I had a very active imagination. I assumed it was just slow down as I got older, but it never did. Art is my way of giving the inner life a reality – bringing the inside, outside – in the hope that I might learn something from the process, the product, or both.

There’s no set process for painting. I’m always looking around and trying new approaches. I try and tackle an idea according to what feels right for me at the time.

I love spending that time with them – watching them take form. Sometimes it’s like they’re painting themselves and I’m just an extension of the paintbrush. I love it when that happens.”

Moving to from England to Brisbane, Australia in 1998 and the subsequent lifestyle change gave Sam the space and time needed to focus more on her art, and she has been exhibiting regularly since.

Katie Lee - Oil on canvas 55 x 76 cm
The Gift - Oil on canvas board 77 x 60 cm
Alecia and Her Guide - Oil on canvas 31 x 41 cm
The Bees Keep Her - Oil on canvas 78 x 51 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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