It is a great pleasure for Anima Mundi to present Samuel Bassett’s latest solo exhibition ‘Hourglass’, an exhibition which emphatically demonstrates Basset’s renowned, boundless, creative energy.
However, this is also Bassett’s most mature exhibition to date, one which demonstrates a growing sense of reflection, allowing greater space for contemplation within the vortex of the artists’ mind. His works are imbued with a deep-rooted connection to place, the sea and landscape, as well as local community and heritage.
The localised placement of these cautionary tales becomes an allegorical cypher for broader more universal concerns, from fear and disconnection to condolence and settlement. For some time now Bassett’s works have remained constantly charged by a deep well of nostalgia and a palpable dread of mounting challenges to a way of life under threat.
This in many respects remains the case, however there is a subtle shift of tempo, as the great squall of rampant and menacing change has been tempered by a level of acceptance that, perhaps, all things must pass.
These are works which are very much about the destabilised times that we live in and the artist trying to come to terms with that in the most unguarded way that he can.
Further selected exhibitions include presentations at Saatchi Gallery (2018); Galerie Kornfeld (2018); TWFineArt (2017); Newlyn Art Gallery (2017); Falmouth Art Gallery (2017); House of St. Barnabas (2017); Jealous Gallery (2017); Tannery Arts Centre (2016) and Saatchi Gallery (2016). Works are held in an increasing number of collections worldwide including the acquisition of the work ‘Lost Karensa’ by Tremenheere Sculpture Park which is permanently exhibited alongside James Turrell, Kishio Suga, Richard Long and David Nash among others. Bassett has been featured in numerous articles included Christies magazine and The New York post which is indicative of a notable and rapid increase in the artists popularity and ambition. Samuel Bassett is represented by Anima Mundi.