PEOPLE WATCHING IN URBAN SPACES
These paintings seek to represent psychological habits and processes as they move from the unconscious to the conscious awareness of the artist.
The background surface quality and colour are a simple reflection of mood. Warm and cold or bright and dull colours can be connected to that quality of feeling around the subject.
Sam has projected his own internal judgements onto the people and relationships represented and the viewer is encouraged to do the same. By so doing, the artist and viewer may consider the crowd to be players on the stage of their own personal psychodrama.
The title of the work is the name of Sam's particular psychodrama which has been understood through the act of personal investigation required to make the painting.
Aged 13, Sam spent a year of evening classes studying life drawing with Sam Rabin, a former drawing tutor at Goldsmiths.
This profoundly shaped his development, but only recently did he discover that Rabin was taught the same techniques at a similarly young age by the Impressionist Pierre Adolphe Valette, Lowry's favourite tutor at Manchester Municipal School of Art.