Photographer and architect Hien Nguyen writes about her current project documenting artists in the midst of their work , here she shares her experience with artist Sam Wilson Taylor…
There is no denying that Sam [Wilson Taylor] is a very talented artist. But he is to me, a dear friend first and foremost. We have had far too many small conversations, either in person or via text messages, the type of conversations that one may think ‘hey one day I would like to quote that in a book’. Of course with Sam being an artist and my close proximity to the arts, most of the things we have said revolve around painters we feel passionate about, our favourite buildings or book recommendations. However these snippets may also give you some understanding of Sam and the development of his works, his aspirations, hopes and dreams.
Sam emerged from the art scene with his daring experiments with landscape painting, his almost-miniature square format, and the strikingly beautiful captures of his native Yorkshire. I first heard of Sam when he was amidst the controversy of being selected as Finalist of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 and promptly fell in love with his works I saw on the small screen. Long story short, I now have the privilege of his friendship, with the chance to document his works once in a while.
This ‘conversational’ photobook is not a retrospective, but rather an anthology of moments that let us glimpse into the lives of each other. Sam inspires me, I hope I him, and I hope we in our small way can inspire some of you.
First meeting [15 dec 15 – 16:00 to 16:45]
Sam told me about his hometown, how its horizon influenced his landscape paintings in the form of horizontal lines, how he wanted to capture the ‘vastness’ yet maintain the ‘intimacy’ between his works and the viewers. The squares mostly in subdue earthy colours with rare splashes of gold, red or orange are almost abstract.
There was a brief mention of moving onto larger scale paintings and different genres such as figurative.
17 dec 15
I sent Sam a seascape picture I took at Aldeburgh in his square format.
S: It’s a really diplomatic formula for composition
For Sam Wilson Taylor’s work you can check out his Saatchi online collection here