After being told by a professor at college to “quit baseball and focus on art”, Samual Weinberg has since been painting in a way that blurs fiction with non-fiction through large, colourful works. “I think the best style is no style because then everything is fair game,” says America-based Samual. “I’ll get ideas from books, films, TV, Instagram, walking around museums, and anywhere really. Anything that triggers something or won’t leave me alone.”
In Samual’s works, warped, cartoonish faces inhabit garish worlds that are full of odd details and references like deformed emojis and cryptic tattoos on his characters. Samual’s rich colour palette is achieved through using oil paints and acrylic on canvas and the composition of his works is reminiscent of renaissance paintings with their elaborate and novella-like narratives. The artist is keen to maintain an air of mystery by keeping the meaning ambiguous for viewers, simply wanting the viewer to get as much out of his paintings as they want to.
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