Painter and illustrator Samuel Hencher creates cinematic landscapes and cityscapes in watercolours and oils. Trained at the prodigious Florence Academy of Art, he infuses his modern scenes with classical composition and application.
Born in Newcastle, Samuel spent much of his childhood and teenage years in the rural town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire. He briefly attended college before travelling to Stockholm, where he painted portraits on the street. There, he was spotted by a fellow artist who helped him to forge a career creating music videos with the Grammy Award-winning Swedish film director Jonas Åkerlund, who has worked with stars like Madonna.
He now relates his career as a visual effects artist back to his observational artistic style. His nostalgic scenes evoke the sense of flicking through a sketchbook, with Samuel preferring to work from studies rather than reference photography as it “keeps the work looser and truer". He adds: “The human eye is essentially a 35mm lens.”
In 2018, Samuel made it to the finals of the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition, which pushed him to pursue a professional art career. His debut collection with Castle Fine Art, Street Life, sees him capture Birmingham’s iconic waterways, streets and landmarks, taking viewers on a voyage of discovery around the UK’s second city.
Samuel has developed a technique of applying multiple layers to his oil paintings to create a slightly mottled finish. Mastery of the space within each scene, along with a virtuosity of touch, allows him to draw through the light as his focal point. He adds: "Light is allowed to take centre stage and play a key role."
Speaking on his free style, Samuel says: "My aim is to convey a feeling or emotion that the viewer can relate to without worrying too much about the actual subject of the painting. I paint very quickly without the aid of photos as a reference, using sketches made in situ and memory to achieve a looser, less laboured effect."
Painter and illustrator Samuel Hencher creates cinematic landscapes and cityscapes in watercolours and oils. His debut collection with Castle Fine Art, Street Life, sees him capture Birmingham’s iconic waterways, streets and landmarks, taking viewers on a voyage of discovery around the UK’s second city.
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