Sam Mathers grew up in Raglan, New Zealand. He Has travelled and lived all over the world working as a full time artist.
My works are a visual diary of my travels in New Zealand and around the world – the way I see and experience these places. They document the iconic and instantly recognizable as well as the odd and interesting. I am fascinated by the back-story – the cultural history behind the well-known images, along with scientific rules and the mechanics of how things work. I explore these ideas within a graphic sensibility and play with scale, depth, text, current and old media, languages, currencies and slang to create multi-layers of meaning – the opportunity for each viewer to find and connect with something different.
I deliberately create scratches, paint drips and weather-beaten marks to add character and a natural look, while using a colour palette that resonates with me at the time.
Sam held his first solo exhibition in Raglan in 2011 where he was spotted by Antonio Navas, Saatchi & Saatchi’s Art Director who commissioned him to paint a mural for the ad agency’s foyer, which was completed in 2011. Since then Sam has exhibited in numerous art shows and his work is sought after by art collectors worldwide.