Estate Portrait

Christopher Samuel (1979 - )

watercolour and ink on paper


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  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    This watercolour and ink drawing depicts Christopher Samuel on the South London council estate where he grew up with his mother. The two magpies reference the idiom ‘One for sorrow, two for joy’, as the artist came to terms with the progression of his life-changing health condition. Seeking to interrogate his personal understanding of identity as a disabled person impacted by inequality and marginalisation, Samuel responds with urgency, humour, and poetic subversiveness. This approach aims to make his work accessible to a wider audience, allowing others to identify and relate to a wider spectrum of human experience.
  • 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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    Estate Portrait
    watercolour and ink on paper
    height: 25.0 cm; width: 35.5 cm
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 19 March 2021
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