Originally from Ashford in Kent, Sam Knowles first developed his love for art under the inspiring tuition of his school art teacher, painter Chris Daynes. Sam continued his art education graduating in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2002, with his final year’s work selected to be shown at The Globe Gallery, Newcastle, as one of the region’s best emerging artists.
In 2003, soon after graduating Sam exhibited at The Biscuit Factory when his work earned him a place as one of the top ten nalists in Tyne Tees TV’s Hanging Jury art competition. The following year Sam was chosen to be included in a showcase of emerging artists from the northeast and had work exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.
Sam is fascinated by wildlife and has worked as a volunteer for the Wildlife Trust and once spent three months in the Bieszczady region of Poland tracking wolves. The majority of Sam’s work depicts and celebrates creatures in one way or another.
His work consists of linocuts of animals either real or part imagined. The hand carved and hand printed marks of the lino are deliberately offset by the clean, empty space of the surrounding paper which is integral to the finished piece. This space helps create a home for the characters to inhabit and draws attention on to the individual figure. The resulting image is one that is handmade and crafted but ultimately graphic in impression.