Interested in documenting fleeting and happenstance moments from everyday life, Sam Holt’s latest body of work, At the intersection of where a memory meets a feeling, presents a series of abstracted and romanticized images which bring to life the feelings and emotional undercurrents which define our experience of nostalgia and memory.
A series of observational memories in transit, reminisced now into reality, Holt’s new works have been photographically captured, digitally massaged on the iPad, printed on linen and reworked with a layer of expressive painterly gestures.
Mimicking the way memories are naturally stretched and abstracted over time, the process of mining these seemingly insignificant personal moments allows Holt to translate an intangible experience into the creation of a new emotionally charged artwork.
Celebrating the daily opportunities that present themselves to us throughout life, while subsequently questioning the openness with which we meet them, Sam Holt’s mixed media artworks are a celebration of the small and seemingly insignificant moments of beauty and wonder which surround us every day.
(b. 1986 Sydney, Australia)
Sam Holt is a Sydney-based emerging artist whose multidisciplinary practice spans expanded painting, installation and sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney in 2017, during which time he also completed an exchange at the Universität der Kunste, Berlin. Awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Painting in 2017, he relocated to Berlin for two years, only recently returning to Sydney in late 2019.
Holt’s practice explores the intersection between our constructed values and how they permeate our relationship with time. Analysing the way we think as individuals, Holt’s creative process through expanded painting acts as an abstracted metaphor for the process by which we all individually try to achieve a sense of equilibrium in our lives.
In late 2019, Sam Holt presented a large scale site specific installation and solo show, titled Too busy to see as part of the inaugural FAMA festival in Mumbai and Delhi.
Holt is represented by Artereal Gallery, Sydney and his work has been exhibited in numerous prizes and exhibitions including the ‘The Churchie’, ‘Paddington’ and ‘KAAF’ prizes in 2017. His work is held in public collections such as the Artbank collection, and private collections both in Australia & Internationally.