Everyone should be able to afford beautiful, original Art. Not just the privileged or the wealthy. This simple idea is the main philosophy behind Sam’s paintings.
After Studying at Leeds Collage of Art and Design, Sam Mortimer joined the Army. The original intent was to save money for higher education, but months after enlisting in March 2003, Iraq was invaded and with it Sam’s path radically changed. Sam continues to serve in the Royal Engineers Explosive Ordinance Disposal regiment in Cambridge, he paints from his small studio in York.
Sam put down his sketchbook, brushes and easel for five years and when he picked them back up he banished the greys and browns he was accustomed to while serving abroad, replacing them with vivid blues, reds and yellows in order to extract the inner beauty of the environment which is not readily apparent.
Sam is an expressionist landscape painter, infusing his subject with vivid colour and expressive brush strokes to create paintings of beauty and emotion. Often working with large canvasses, Sam starts his paintings with a very rough idea of the finished piece and lets each one develop organically.
Sam has exhibited in the De Grey rooms in York as part of the York Art Society. In 2015 he was awarded best in show for his painting ‘The Moors’ at the annual exhibition. He has also exhibited at Holmfirth Art week in the summer of 2016.