SAM HOUSTON

WARNING : if feeling blue, do not watch! Sam Houston’s tormented art tends to show us “fear in a handful of dust” and although his style is positively unique, he would have been, without a doubt, good mates with T.S. Eliot and all this lot. With his portrayals of decaying houses and obscure silhouettes that he describes as “our understanding of home”, Houston surely would be a perfect candidate to illustrate any 20th century English literature book. For the moment, though, he has only just graduated in Fine Art at Falmouth University and has already contributed to exhibitions in Manchester, London and more recently in the lovely city of Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Art Fair. He has now returned to Cheshire, where he is preparing for future exhibitions.

Working mostly with earthly, autumnal colors that he skillfully controls to create a vintage feel, his paintings all seem to express his intimate concern with the fragility of roots. A major part of his art consists of depicting human shadows trying to hold on to some kind of connection with their fading backgrounds. Somber houses falling apart, shadows of trees and mountains or desolate roads act as symbols for a past that is difficult to hold on to because unreachable.

His paintings immediately catch the eye as the mysterious protagonists tell a story. Even though they seem awkwardly out of place, they do stir feelings of familiarity – and not necessarily because we are all depressed fools witnessing the falling apart of everything that seemed solid in their lives. Somehow Houston successfully beautifies the sadness of his work and allows the viewer to warm up to it. “Somehow”, or simply because he is incredibly talented.

For more information on his upcoming work, you can visit his official website, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

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About Daphne Leprince- Ringuet

I am currently studying English Lit and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh. Born and raised in France, I have always related to artistic trends, and while I cannot boast any particular skills for art, fashion or music, I am always enthusiastic about the chance to write about the talented! Blogging and reviewing have been a part of my life since I was 12, when I started my first literary blog, and I have been writing since then for the Huffington Post UK and for the student newspaper in Edinburgh. The “Born in Britain” campaign is very inspiring and I am proud of being part of such an ambitious and exciting project.

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