Sam Hacking is an artist and writer with a BA Hons in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art in London and a Distinction in MA Prose Fiction from University of East Anglia. 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. Her studio is based in Suffolk. In 2019 she won the Emerging Talent Escalator Award at The National Centre for Writing. Since then she has been long listed for UEA New Forms Award and Exeter Short Story prize, and has had work published in New Writing, Cold Lips, Thin Noon, Funhouse, Potluck and Egg Box Publishing.
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. These 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 to Feb 2023: 'The Way I See it', group show at Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow.
Dec 2022: Group show, Heart of Suffolk winter exhibition,Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk.
Nov 2022: Group show at Artspace Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Oct to Dec 2022: Group show at Willow Gallery, Framingham Earl, Norfolk.
Oct to Dec 2022: Group show at The Maltings Gallery, Snape Malting.
Sept 2022: Group show at Ferini Art Gallery, Pakefield, Suffolk
July to August 2022: Colchester Art Society summer exhibition (online).
June 2022: Suffolk Open Studios, Lavenham, Suffolk
May 2022: Group show at The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
May 2022 : Second Floor Drawing Exhibition 2022, Group show at No Format Gallery, Deptford, London.
Sept 2021 - Sept 2022: Distinction in Prose Fiction Writing MA at University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Dec 2021: 'We are the Minories', Group show at Trinity Square Gallery, Colchester.
Nov 2021: Group show at The Print Room gallery, Sweffling, Suffolk
Aug to Sept 2021: Group show at The Yare Gallery, Great Yarmouth.
July 2021: Group show, Project21UK , Boxford, Suffolk
June to July 2021: Suffolk Open Studios, Lavenham, Suffolk.
May 2020: Longlisted for UEA New Forms writing award.
Nov 2019: ‘Mudflats’ , Greeting Anthology book, published by Enthusiastic Press ltd, London.
Oct 2019: 'The Weight of it', 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 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', Agora Arts Circle, Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival, London.
Dec 2017: ‘Your reality is broken’ Mas Productions, The Wellcome Collection, London.
Nov 2017: 'Crossing the open space', solo show at A-side-B-side Gallery, Hackney, London.
May 2016: Group show at The Library Club, Covent Garden, London.
Jan 2016: Group show, NTWRK with Flac Collective, The Exhibit, Balham, London.
Jun - Aug 2015: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.