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Samuel Herbert

· Samuel Herbert in Saatchi + Channel 4 London exhibition: THE FUTURE CAN WAIT · The art of Samuel Herbert · Samuel Herbert paintings

Samuel Herbert in Saatchi + Channel 4 London exhibition: THE FUTURE CAN WAIT

saatchi future can wait

Samuel Herbert in Saatchi + Channel 4 exhibition:


London 2013, 12-17 october

Established in 2007, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT is a direct response to Zavier Ellis’ and Simon Rumley’s fifteen years’ experience of the London art scene. Having discovered, curated and collected many of the most exciting young and progressive artists during this period, both Ellis and Rumley have become known for identifying rising talent early.

THE FUTURE CAN WAIT is a multi-disciplinary museum-scale survey show consisting of London based or educated artists, who work in painting, drawing, video, sculpture, performance and installation. Conceived to compliment and complete London’s Frieze week, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT represents an ambitious, privately funded and curated show that offers a much needed alternative experience to the art fair routine.

Located since 2007 in the East End, THE FUTURE CAN WAIT moved to Bloomsbury Square in Central London in 2011 in a new partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations. The Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT continues to be London’s biggest curated event during Frieze Week, featuring over 60 artists in a 22,000 sq ft museum quality space.



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Samuel Herbert: Painter’s Painter,  Oil on canvas, 

90cm x 70cm,  2012 magazine

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The art of Samuel Herbert

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Skulduggery. Oil on canvas, 150cm x 120cm

The art of Samuel Herbert

The art of Samuel Herbert is concerned with exploring what he describes as an ’empathetic moment’, whereby the viewer can make a connection with the people or scenes depicted in his paintings. His work confronts topics that have a resonating discomfort in contemporary British society, namely class and the inheritance of colonialism. Herbert has never sought to use these works as a platform for his own feelings on these issues but rather he makes paintings of images that exploit the gap between nostalgic recognition and revulsion at what is being depicted.

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The Gallery. Oil on canvas, 210cm x 160cm, 2004

Herbert employs a painterly language that references traditional figurative painting and photographic appropriation. The paintings themselves are executed in a monochrome palette and applied using a variety of implements (including his fingers) on a prepared, uncannily flat, canvas surface. The resulting works are closer to drawing with paint than traditional painting and can resemble academic under paintings.

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Arm Chair Heroes. Oil on canvas, 130cm x 120cm, 2003

Previous motifs have included fox hunting, private members’ clubs and various scenes from the British Empire. More recent work has sought to explore the appropriation of tribal art by early 20th century modernism. In these newer works Herbert has attempted to remove as many of the signifiers revealing the cultural origin of the source imagery as possible so as to raise questions in the audience’s mind as to the context and background of the figures depicted in his art. This removal of context is not a strategy for denying or obscuring the value of the cultural source but rather to open up a space for an audience to engage with a broader range of issues regarding identity, appropriation and empathy with the other.

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Powerhouse. Oil on canvas, 150cm x 120cm, 2008

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The Awkward Squad, 2012 – Oil on canvas, 76cm x 61cm


Samuel Herbert was born in London in 1976. He studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained an MA from Goldsmiths college. He has over a decade of exhibiting experience and in that time has had six solo shows and numerous group shows in galleries and museums across Britain and Europe. His work is represented in several important collections of contemporary art, most notably the Saatchi collection, London. Herbert lives and works in London and is programme leader for the foundation degree in fine art practice with K College, University of Kent.

Converse, 2012 – Oil on canvas, 60cm x 40cm

Troll, 2012 – Oil on canvas, 24cm x 30cm

Samuel Herbert (1976)

Contemporary Artist – CV

Born: London, 1976,

lives and works in London


2001-2004 Goldsmiths College, MA Fine Art

1997-2000 Wimbledon School of Art, BA Fine Art, Painting

1995-1997 Newham College, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Solo Exhibitions


The Cremation of care

Gone Tomorrow Gallery, London

May-June 2008


The Heritage of Cain

ZINGERpresents, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

September-October 2007

Art Cologne

Vamiali’s Gallery at Cologne Art Fair, Germany, April 18-22,  2007



Gone Tomorrow Gallery, Bethnal Green, London, August 5-28, 2006

Alien Subjects

Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens, Greece. March 11 – April 22 2006


Natives and Colonials

ZINGERpresents, The Netherlands, October 19 – November 26, 2005


Bearspace, Deptford High Street, London SE8, March 31 – April 18 2005

Selected Group Exhibitions


The Perfect Nude

The Gallery, University of the Arts Wimbledon London, UK,  January 12th-February 10th

Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK, July 6th-July 28th


Connection Point London

The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK, June 17th-July 17th



John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK, April 27-June 12


In Their Own Words

End Gallery, Sheffield, UK,  Nov – Dec 2009

The Royal Republic

Master Piper Gallery, London,  May – June 2009

And Now?

Greek State Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece, Dec  17 – Feb  22


Life is Only Half the Story,

Christchurch, Spitalfields, London, February 2008


NADA Miami

ZINGERpresents, Miami, Florida Dec 5 – 9 Dec 2007

Late Night Ficition

Agisilaou 61A, Keramikos, Athens October 2007

Eau Sauvage II

Fieldgate Gallery, London E1,  May  18 – 10 June 2007

Those Quaint Moments of Distress

Montana Space, Berlin. March-April, 2007

Art Rotterdam

ZINGERpresents at Rotterdam art fair, the Netherlands, February 7-11, 2007

Salon Nouveau

Engholm Englehorn Gallery, Vienna, January  25 – March, 2007


Crossing Borders

Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, September – November  2006

Kamikaze Blossom

Fieldgate Gallery, 14 Fieldgate Street, London E1,  April – June 2006

Eau Sauvage

Lucy mackintosh Gallery,  Lausanne, Switzerland,  March – May 2006


Hydrophobia II

ZINGERpresents, The Netherlands, December 14 – January 21, 2005-06


Turin Artfair, Italy. Showing with Vamiali’s Gallery, 10-14 November 2005

‘When I lived in Modern Times’:  Archive, artefact, album.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, September 16 – November 12  2005


The Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London SW1, February 11-March 13 2005

Sunset in Athens

Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens, Greece, February 5-March 13 2005

Insurgence (Art Projects area, London Art Fair 2005)

Business Design Centre, Islington N1, January  18-23,  2005



Mare Street Studios, Hackney, London E8, October 17-24,  2004


16 Upper Wimpole Street, London W1, October 14-19, 2004

Goldsmiths Postgraduate Show 2004

Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, July  22-26, 2004


Tower Bridge Business Complex, Bermondsey, London, July  16-31, 2004

The Solar Anus

Henry Peacock Gallery, London W1,  May  28 – July 3, 2004

Ready, Steady, GO!

Three Colts Gallery, Bethnal Green, London E2,  April 17 – May  1  2004



2-10 Hertford Road, London N1,  25  October- 9 November 2003


Work, Rest and Play

3-5  Leighton Place, London. 13-17  December 2002

Goldsmiths Postgraduate Show

Goldsmiths College London,  July 2002,  Postgraduate Diploma Show



The Saatchi Collection, London

Various private collections in the UK,  Europe,  Asia and  the USA


Audio Visual Interviews


Working Lunch, BBC 2,  Feature on Art Fairs,  Broadcast  22/10/04  12.30-13.30

The Week, ITV1 (LWT), Feature on the Turner Prize, Broadcast 24/10/04 12.45-13.15


In Business, ‘Framed’  BBC Radio 4, Broadcast  3/2/05  20.30-21.00 and  6/2/05  21.30-22.00′

Printed Media

Articles and Reviews

Contemporary, Annual 2007,  p. 118-119

Timeout London (review) Martin Coomer, August 15  2006

De Telegraaf., National newspaper the Netherlands  14/2/06

‘When I lived in Modern Times’: Archive, artefact, album. ’Essay accompanying the exhibition by Alistair Robinson, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art,  Sept 2005.

Metro (north East)  Review of Sunderland show,  p.32  12/10/05

Metro (London), ‘Metro Life- London for Free’ p.25  Thursday 31/3/05

The Art Newspaper (International Edition) Judith Bumpus, Photo of work and discussion p.36 No 156, March 2005

The Independent,‘Save and Spend’p.5  Saturday 14/1/05

Scratch Band, 2012 – Oil on canvas, 80cm x 60cm

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