About

BIO
Sam Mathers grew up in Raglan, New Zealand. He Has traveled and lived all over the world working as a full time artist.
Sam has been exhibiting work since 2004. Sam spent the subsequent 9 years working as a freelance graphic artist in New Zealand and abroad ranging from magazine, corporate to fashion houses. During his OE in London, Sam worked for Sotheby’s and came face to face with drawings and paintings by Picasso, Dali, Guido Reni (to name a few) and this had a profound effect on him. In particular it was pop-art genius Andy Warhol and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquait that resonated with him, and inspired him to return to New Zealand and paint. 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. His career as a full time artist had begun. Since then Sam has exhibited in numerous group art shows worldwide. Sam’s Art is now sought after by serious Art collectors in New Zealand and international collectors.
Sam continues with his exhibitions in New Zealand and works on personal and commercial commissioned Art works in New Zealand and around the world.

ARTIST STATEMENT
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 enjoy the immediacy of acrylic paint, the effects of pastels, bold and complimentary colours and the fun of seeing where a drawn line will take me. It is a journey back to the memory of a place and time, to the iconic, the familiar and the quirky.

Education

2005  BMA, Media Arts, Hamilton, NZ

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015
That’s Gold, Soul Gallery, Hamilton NZ
2015
A Few Stray Bottle Caps, The Third Eye – Tuatara Temple Of Taste, Wellington NZ
2014
  All They Know How To Say Is Moooooo, Soul Gallery, Hamilton NZ
2014  Sam Mathers, David Lloyd Gallery, Hamilton NZ
2013  Rural & Sea Views, Soul Gallery, Hamilton NZ
2012  Been & Gone, Mobile Art Gallery, Auckland NZ
2011  Where Have You Been? Blacksand, Raglan NZ

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
The Other Art Fair, Sydney, Australia
2016 Colours Art Launch, Sapphire Room, Ponsonby, Auckland NZ
2016
Kings College, Auckland NZ
2016
VEFA, Vauxhall School, Auckland NZ
2015
MAC Creative Directions Art Fair, Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland NZ
2015
ROPS Art Auction, Royal Oak, Auckland NZ
2015
Kohia Exhibition, Kohia Terrace School Exhibition, Auckland NZ
2014 Kohia Exhibition, Kohia Terrace School Exhibition, Auckland NZ
2014 Baradene Art Show, Baradene Auditorium, Auckland NZ
2014 ROPS Art Auction, Royal Oak, Auckland NZ
2014 VEFA, Vauxhall School, Auckland NZ
2013 Art Fusions, Carmel College, Auckland NZ
2013 ROPS Art Auction, Royal Oak, Auckland NZ
2013 NZ ART Show, ASB Bank Arena, Wellington NZ
2013 NZ ART Show Launch, Museum Art Hotel, Wellington NZ
2013  Baradene Art show, Baradene Auditorium, Auckland NZ
2012  200 x 200mm, Parnell Gallery, Auckland NZ
2012  Southwell Creative Ties, Southwell School, Hamilton NZ
2012 ROPS Art Auction, Royal Oak, Auckland NZ
2011 Chace Charity Art Auction, Mt Maunganui NZ
2011  Nautical, Draw Inc Gallery, Hamilton, NZ
2006  Southwell Invitational Exhibition, Hamilton, NZ
2005  Southwell Invitational Exhibition, Hamilton, NZ
2004  Southwell Invitational Exhibition, Hamilton, NZ

Selected Commissions
2016
MAGO MUNDI Benetton World Art, Kiwi Consciousness collection, Treviso, Italy
2012
Mural, New School of Architecture and Design (NSAD), San Diego CA
2011 Mural, Sattchi & Sattchi, Auckland NZ
2011 Mural, Media Design School, Auckland NZ

Awards

2002 Johnson Scholarship for Art, Hamilton, NZ