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artworks by  Sam Cartman

Originally from Shropshire in England, I now live and work in Glasgow and respond in paint to the Scottish Landscape.

Although the inspiration for my work often comes from visiting singular architectural structures in specific rural places, I primarily use these buildings to provide myself with a structure or form to paint within. Any illusions to representing a particular place masks what I am really interested in, which is to figuratively paint an abstract picture.

The structures I at first capture in drawings serve as a basis for my involvement with the paint and from then on, my interaction with the paint takes over. I exhibit nationally and internationally.

‘There is a poetic sparseness to Cartman’s paintings of wide open spaces, in the skies or the sculpted buildings which look as if they have been there for all time. His paintings are like memories: fixed and definite in our mind’s eye but not perfect and all the better for the instinctive use of paint and the tools he applies it with’ (Jan Patience, The Glasgow Herald)

1998 - 2001      Cumbria College of Arts and Design
                          BA (Hons) Fine Art

1997 -1998       Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology
                         Foundation Course in Art and Design
Nairn Open Art Competition 2009 – Prize winner

Recent Exhibitions
Wall Space Gallery, Montrose (Solo exhibition)
Of the Land, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar (Solo exhibition)

Christmas Show, House for an Art Lover
Cabinet Exhibition, RGI Kelly Gallery
Royal Scottish Academy Open Annual Exhibition
Stirling Smith Gallery (joint show with Patricia Cain)
Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition
Nairn Open Art Competition 2011
A Sense of Place, Wall Projects, Montrose
Summer Exhibition, Crinan Gallery
John Green Fine Art Summer Exhibition
Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition, Edinburgh

Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition 2010
Bristol Art Fair, Carina Haslam Art
Roger Billcliffe Summer Show
John Green Fine Art
Nairn Open Art Competition 2010
Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
Kilmorack Gallery
Glasgow Art Fair
Crinan Gallery
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (solo show)

John Green Fine Art, Glasgow
Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly
McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock
Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition 2009
Nairn Open Art Competition 2009 – Prize winner
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition
Visual Arts Scotland 2009
RSA Open Exhibition 2009
Glasgow Art Fair, John Green Fine Art
Scottish Show, Thompsons, London
Panik Gallery, Kilearn
Di Rollo Gallery, Edinburgh

2008           McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock
John Green Fine Art, Glasgow
Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
Panik Gallery, Kilearn
Thompsons Gallery, London
New Faces at the Art Club, Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow

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