Born in 1973 in London, Sam Lock works and lives in Brighton on the south coast of England. Lock earned his MA in Fine Art and MA in Art History from Edinburgh University in 1997, graduating with honours.During his training, he won a scholarship to stay in Rome, and investigate the relationship between history, archaeology and painting. All his works are an exploration, a journey between and through layers, a build-up of moments in time and intuitions followed. The alchemy of the painting process transforms this time spent into a physical and tangible history that can be read as colour, texture, shape, structure. They are an invitation to become lost and tangled in their surface, to find something new each time you look and hold the gaze, to make a connection with the senses, paintings you feel. They whisper suggestions. Each work is a mystery and a contradiction that is at once solid and substantial yet elusive.
Lock paints viscerally. Using blowtorches and electric sanders as well as the brush, he ages and wears his canvasses down, making them seem all the more natural. At its core, his work conveys the passage of time; colours, movement and characters that are half-recalled, uncertain.