28/04/2023 - 26/05/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Samuel Bassett - The Village
Vigo Gallery presentS The Village, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Samuel Bassett (b. 1982, St Ives).
Living in a small, rural community in Penwith, near Penzance in Cornwall, Bassett’s work is intensely personal. The paintings reflect and document his multi-layered, psychological, and physical experiences within his community, and his journeys both physical and mental over the last the last few years.
His move from St Ives has offered a slower, more contemplative existence and the subsequent narratives take in the vagaries of general village life. Time stretches, with figures observed across weeks; people praying, walking, swimming, urinating in fields, picking crops, and clearing land. Yet all the time snippets of past memories come back to infiltrate this calm. Each painting seems to include many chapters of a story, mixed with quotes from the past and present.
St James's 8 Masons Yard, St James's, London, SW1 6BU