Artworks by Sam Cartman

Artist Sam Cartman grew up in Shropshire in England. After training in Carlisle he moved to Scotland and lived in Glasgow and Galloway.

'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
2012                 Wall Space Gallery, Montrose (Solo exhibition)
                         Of the Land, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar (Solo exhibition)
2011                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 
2010                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)
2009                  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