Sam Toft's exhibition 'A Small Window of Lightness' will be hosted in our Pall Mall gallery from 8th - 17th November 2023. To register your interest in Sam's fabulous collection of new original paintings and ceramics please click here to send us an email.
"I have always considered myself to be someone who draws rather than paints. I rarely use sketchbooks now. I prefer to just start drawing on a piece of board with soft pencils, adding colour with oil pastels, and layering with washes of coloured inks. I listen to radio 4 as I work and often get ideas from half listening to some interview or other. Often I will come up with an idea whilst walking the dogs. Or perhaps take inspiration from a line in a favourite tune. I decide on the colours as I go, scraping back some areas, scratching into others, adding words, lines or splatters from a toothbrush if things get desperate... My goal is to achieve something in a finished piece that looks spontaneous, fresh, unselfconscious. It's harder than it looks. The best ideas take the least work, and it's so easy to spoil a piece with overworking. It's like, one of the hardest looks to achieve is the 'no makeup, just got out of bed ' look... It just takes ages to look that 'underdone'... And as we all know, there's a fine line between effortlessly gorgeous and a bit of a mess! I guess if I have a skill as an artist, it's knowing when to stop."
Her internationally acclaimed characters, the Mustards, lend themselves well to a more detailed narrative and Sam has self published a small book entitled 'Stories from Along the Prom'.
"There's more to life than nice art and good cake, but it's a fine place to start."