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Archive > joe Samuel: Skin

The inspiration behind this exhibition entitled Skin stems from my Northern Beaches home in Dee Why, Sydney, where living in such a location I am exposed to people of all nationalities traveling to visit this beautiful location on the ocean.

Upon arrival, visitors strip to the sun god unveiling a spectrum of flesh tones that has often intrigued me.

No two skin colours the same, likened to a finger print or a wave, our skin colour is unique and truely individual to the identity of ourselves.

Working primarily with oils I’ve often engaged in a sculptural aspect of painting, using paint-skins to incorporate a sense of form into my paintings. I’m always in search of a different way to paint and utilise a message or concept in each work. For the past 20 years working as a painter and decorator, I have collected paint skins, a medium that has fascinated me and in doing so I’m developing new ways of working with them in my current studies at National Art School, Sydney.

I have been creating skins for this exhibition for the purpose of texture, tone and shape, as if stripped from the body or sculpture. In the installation Unity, this collection of fleshy tones has been developed by studying and mixing colours from PMS colour charts and life models.

Tate’s ’Nude’ collection at New South Wales Art Gallery was another source of inspiration when creating the paintings in that the overall artists and peoples perception of our skin is a culmination of not only tertiary skin tones but a wider range of the colour spectrum as I’ve recreated here in various styles of approaching the human form.

24 February - 9 March 2017.