Sam Hacking is an artist and writer with a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has widely exhibited, with highlights including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Creekside Studios, The Rag Factory, Mol’s Place Gallery, Ravens Row Gallery, 176 Gallery, Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, The Yard Theatre and Yare Gallery. She is also a member of Colchester Art Society and Suffolk Art Society. Her studio is based in Suffolk.
She is presently working on a body of seascapes that are vivid, expressive and cathartic. Having suffered from Agoraphobia for most of her life, she uses seascapes as a place to explore her complex relationship with open spaces in the landscape. She does this by seeking the point between the extremes of light and dark, movement and stillness, abstraction and realism. Her work ranges from large scale immersive pieces, to smaller expressive works, using a palette of contrasting textures and rich tones as a way to contain and harness the landscape. Her paintings are inspired by Suffolk and Norfolk coastlines, and by artists such as Turner, George Shaw and Johnny Defeo.
“The sea contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere…It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.” - Anthony Doerr, All the light we cannot see.
Jan 12th - Feb 19th 2023: 'The Way I See it', Group show at Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow. PV Sunday 15th, 2-4pm.
3rd & 4th Dec 2022: Group show, Heart of Suffolk winter exhibition,Thorpe Morieux village hall, Suffolk. PV 2nd Dec, 6-8.30pm.
24th - 30th Nov 2022: Group show, Colchester Art Society, Artspace Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk
15th Oct - 15th Dec 2022: Selection of seascapes on show atWillow Gallery, Framingham Earl, Norfolk.
13th Oct - 13th Dec 2022: Selection of seascapes on show at The Maltings Gallery, Snape Malting, Norfolk.
2nd - 25th Sept 2022: Group show, Suffolk Open Studios, Ferini Art Gallery, Pakefield, Suffolk
2nd July - 13th August 2022: Colchester Art Society summer exhibition (online).
4th/5th/11th/12th/25th/26th June 2022: Suffolk Open Studios, Lavenham, Suffolk
5th - 18th May 2022: Suffolk Art Society group show at Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
6th - 8th May & 11th-15th May 2022 : Second Floor Drawing Exhibition 2022, No Format Gallery, Deptford, London.
Sept 2021 - Sept 2022: Prose Fiction Writing MA at University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk
4th Dec - 22nd Dec 2021: Colchester Art Society Winter Exhibition, 'We are the Minories', Trinity square gallery, Colchester.
Nov 13th - Nov 28th 2021: Suffolk Open Studio Winter Exhibition, The Print Room gallery, Sweffling, Suffolk
(opening 11-4pm weekends, PV 12th Nov, 5-8pm)
6th Aug to 2nd Sept 2021: Summer exhibition at The Yare Gallery, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
July 2021: Project21UK charity auction, Boxford, Suffolk
5/6th June & 3/4th July 2021: Suffolk Open Studios, Lavenham, Suffolk.
Nov 2020: 'Soften', Group poetry event, curated by poet Thomas Sharp.
May 2020: Longlisted, UEA New Forms writing award,University of East Anglia & National Centre for Writing, Norwich.
Nov 2019: ‘Mudflats’ (poem), Greeting Anthology book, published by Enthusiastic Press ltd, London.
Oct 2019: 'The Weight of it' (short fiction), Shortlisted for Writers Retreat 2019 Short Story competition, Uk.
Jan - Nov 2019: Winner of Escalator award, The National Centre for Writing, Norwich.
Jul - Dec 2018: Private body of paintings, commission, private buyer, London.
Oct 2018: ‘Holding’, Group painting show at The Art Space, Kingston, London.
July 2018: 'Don't look up' (poem) collaboration with Ana Sefer, published by Cold Lips Magazine, London.
May 2018: 'The Daydreamers',(performance) Agora Arts Circle, Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival, London.
Dec 2017: ‘Your reality is broken’ (performance) Mas Productions, The Wellcome Collection, London.
Nov 2017: 'Crossing the open space', Solo painting show at A-side-B-side Gallery, Hackney, London.
July 2017: 'Cover' (short fiction), published by Thin Noon magazine, Rhode Island, USA.
March 2017: 'The Pit' (short fiction), published by Potluck Magazine, New York
Feb 2017: 'The Pit' (short story) published by Funhouse Magazine, London.
May 2016: The Shag, Group show at The Library Club, Covent Garden, London.
Jan 2016: 'The Shag,' Group show, NTWRK with Flac Collective. The Exhibit, Balham, London.
Jun - Aug 2015: 'Brook' (painting), Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Mar 2014: 'Ambivalent', (performance), Group exhibition at Cass Art Space, London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery, London.
July 2013: 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' (performance), Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
June 2013: Group painting show by Eyestorm Art Agency, Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, London.
Mar 2013: Performance, Group show, with Loopart13 Collective at Creekside, Deptford.
Oct 2011: ‘Meet us at the Theatre’ (performance), The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick, London.
May - July 2011: 'Army of women' (performance), 'Gone with the Wind’ exhibition at Ravens Row Gallery, London.