Sam Lock, Aspect, KunstRai, booth 75

My practice investigates the interplay of space and gesture, the relativity between thoughts and actions.


Perhaps my work is characterized most interestingly as behavior, exploring a process of making that reminds the viewer of visual interpretations while focussing on the act of looking and connecting.


Language, under these conditions, is a highly ambiguous business. So often, below the word spoken, is the thing known and unspoken. A language where under what is said, another thing is being said. 

(Harold Pinter)


Each work is a Situation – a set of positions, bearings and directions that influences the ways in which we look or interpret.  Underneath what is being said, something else is being said – a language of undercurrents to be felt and sensed rather than read, based on intrigues and whispers.  These hooks slow down the way we look at paintings, extending the experience of perception, until looking becomes a different connection.  We become conscious of our perception as a construct that we create or turn to.

These works on some level revisit the languages of abstraction and expressionism, a human content that gives these works an accessible character.  I see this work not as Abstract at all, they are not conversions of the recognizable, nor distant pure abstraction – they are very real and work best as documents of moments and gestures.



Paintings don’t just show a moment though, they present a history.  They are a living thing, they change – both in appearance and significance over time, and in the interactionism with audience. These works reveal themselves through prolonged looking, traces and tracks appear in their make-up, a history unfolds through the viewer.


They are constructs, they are built over time through thought and action. Not systematically, but more organically, with currents and directions that emerge as their energy builds. 


It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relations and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there". (Guy Debord)


Time always flies past, it is elusive – I try to become aware of this movement when working.  The colours and marks in my work always seems to be shifting.  I like vanished things.  Painting is a kind of mapping of the here and now which is vanishing continuously.  There is something inherently poignant about the painting process, maps of lost moments found.  I am always losing something in painting, I lose other futures and moments.  Destinations are lost as others are arrived at.  These works are presences and absences at that same time.



Sam Lock, February 2019 

Sam Lock, To be continued, 2019, 120 x 120 cm, mixed media on canvas 

Sam Lock, Sees the air, 2019, 120 x 120 cm, mixed media on canvas 

Sam Lock, Overhead, 2019, 120 x 150 cm, mixed media on canvas 

The premiere of these paintings will be on the KunstRai. The fair is established in 1985 and therefore one of the oldest in the world. Most welcome to join us. 


twelve twelve 

booth 75

Amstelhal (Hal 7) Amsterdam RAI

Wielingenstraat, 1078 KK Amsterdam 


Would be great seeing you in Amsterdam! 

Sam Lock and Silvia Bakker 

Wednesday 17 April: 4 PM – 10 PM (private)

Thursday 18 April: noon – 9 PM

Friday 19 April: noon – 9 PM

Saturday 20 April: 11 AM – 6 PM

Sunday 21 April: 11 AM – 6 PM

Monday 22 April: 11 AM – 6 PM


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Sam Lock, Without a star, 2019, 150 x 120 cm