Bungay artist to launch exhibition

Sam Saunders self portrait

Sam Saunders self portrait - Credit: Sam Saunders

Artist Sam Saunders, from Bungay, faces unusual challenges when creating her work – not least the garden is her studio, the washing line her easel and she works on two large canvases at once.

Miss Saunders, 21, who is a teaching assistant at Bungay Primary School, is presenting a one-woman art exhibition, entitled Spontaneity in Colour, at the Fisher Theatre Gallery, Bungay, opening on Sunday, May 7.

At 16 Sam, with a friend Bertie Gerish, curated her first art exhibition, Often Off Task, in Halesworth. Since then she has exhibited with a group and had a solo show in 2013.

She has created her own way of working, mainly in acrylics. She pegs her canvases two side by side on a washing line then paints on them.

Inclement weather does not deter Sam, she has tarpaulins to drape across to protect the work and even creates ‘tents’ with them.

Her work is completely spontaneous each mark and shape responding to the previous one. She says she is impulsive and never works if she is feeling emotional.

“I like to be quite calm when I’m working,” she said.

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“I love playing with colours, spaces and shapes. I also like to play with the negative space between the shapes.”

It was while at school she developed her love of abstract art.

One of the first exhibitions she attended was by Yayoi Kasama at the Tate Modern. Since then she has discovered Kandinsky who has become another influence on her work. She said she draws inspiration from his composition, colour choice and philosophy on art.

Recently Sam has been developing her skills at portraiture and experimenting with 3D work.

Entry to Spontaneity in Colour, at The Gallery, Fisher Theatre, 10 Broad Street, Bungay, is free. It opens on Sunday with a special preview viewing from 4 to 6pm.

It is then open Monday, May 8 until June 1. It can usually be viewed between 10am and 3pm Monday to Saturday, and again from 6pm on show nights, but phone the Fisher on 01986 897130 before travelling as the gallery is occasionally closed for meetings.