Credit Julie Howden and the Royal Scottish Academy
Samantha Cheevers was awarded the David and June Gordon Trust Prize at the New Contemporaries Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy. The Trustees were unanimous in their decision. Samantha graduated from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen) with a BA (Hons) in Painting. Before that she attended City of Glasgow College where she studied for an HNC in Art and Design.
Samantha writes about her work:
I find places are very important within my paintings as I explore multiple locations and many are derelict architectures, vestiges of lost futures that did not turn out as intended.
I collect photography and documentation in the buildings, which become key elements in creating a narrative for my work.
The interior and exterior tends to be over exaggerated whether it be nature taking over the structures or filled with objects, furnishings and even animals related to previous locations, suspending the viewer in ambiguity, not quite knowing which images are related or exist in a realm of their own.
I use various materials and techniques in my work ranging from watercolour pigments to laser engraving, creating depth and layers that mirror the aesthetic of the interiors.