Really!

Christopher Samuel (1979 - )

watercolour and ink on paper

2020
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    A closet door opens onto a pile of neatly folded clothes on a shelf at height, with further garments placed on hangers. This seemingly banal domestic view is challenged by the drawing’s exclamatory title. Really! is representative of Christopher Samuel’s quietly subversive and humorous drawing practice, here addressing the complex relationship the artist has with his carer. The act of choosing what to wear or being denied the choice, denotes tensions between dependency, autonomy, dignity and being heard.
  • About the artist
    Christopher Samuel is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in identity and disability politics, often echoing the many facets of his own lived experience addressed with humour and poetic subversiveness. He graduated in Fine Art from De Montfort University Leicester, and has had solo exhibitions at BBC Leicester (2016) and Attenborough Art Centre (2018). He was commissioned by Unlimited for Art B&B, Blackpool (2019); and has had work included in the group show ‘Visions in the Nunnery’, Bow Arts, London (2020).
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  • Details
    Title
    Really!
    Date
    2020
    Medium
    watercolour and ink on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 23.5 cm; width: 35.5 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    Provenance
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 19 March 2021
    GAC number
    18919