Samwell is a New Zealand based artist specialising in recreating landscapes using native and recycled timbers with resin. In late 2021, he left his job as a Water Resources Scientist in order to pursue ‘tinkering’ with artwork full time, after dabbling as a hobby artist since 2017. Samwell currently creates his pieces from a small garage in Carterton, utilising local materials at hand.
His pieces are inspired by the dynamic and unique environments across the country, ranging from volcanic plateaus of the Central North Island to the coastal bays reminiscent of Abel Tasman; he encapsulates the uniqueness of these places in timber to last a lifetime.
This collection of works exhibited at The Art Shop Gallery draw inspiration from the Waitaki River, and other braided rivers in the South Island. These dynamic rivers dominate the plains, carving their way from their headwaters in the Southern Alps out to the coast, stretching hundreds of kilometres and transporting millions of cubic metres of sediment every year; they are transient systems, forever moving, cutting new pathways to their destination.
These fluvial systems are integral to our communities and environment, providing a vital lifeline to peoples’ livelihoods. They form a key part of the identity of the South Island and those who inhabit it. Rivers are forever changing through space and time; as such, each of these artwork pieces is handmade and thus is unique.
Samwell has exhibited in Christchurch, Dunedin, Taranaki, Wellington, Hanmer Springs and Nelson and has been a top 10 selling artist at the 2019 and 2021 Christchurch Art Shows. You can view his art work at www.tinkerINZ.com.