Sam Mathers creates playful, bold and graphic painted works that re-interpret travels and experiences around New Zealand and the world. With an uplifting simplified style and a sense of humour Mathers invites us into his visual world of boats, everyday objects, road signs and text. Mathers' works read like diaries, with their images collated and rendered with simplicity, a naïve energy and frankness.
As the artist describes, my work "documents the iconic and instantly recognisable as well as the odd and interesting." Mathers finds his inspiration in the back-stories and cultural histories of well-known images, media old and new, and the mechanics of how things work. The relatability of his subjects leads his pieces to conjur memory and associations for his viewer, offering a point of connection.
Working in mixed media Mathers deliberately create scratches, paint drips and weather-beaten marks to add character and a natural look to his surfaces. His addition of oil stick plays into a sense of whimsy and naiveté.
Mathers has been a full-time artist since 2011 and has exhibited his work throughout NZ and abroad. His work can be found in private collections and in public mural projects.
With an uplifting simplified style and a sense of humour Mathers invites us into his visual world of boats, everyday objects, road signs and text.