CREATIVITY GOES WITH THE FLOW NEW LIFE FOR OLD HOUSE PAINT
ARTIST Huseyin Sami uses paint, but not quite as you would expect.
Rather than using traditional paint to create fascinating artwork and sculptures, Sami often uses left over paint from home projects.
Sami is a finalist in the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with his entry Untitled (Long Stack) 2015, a work that “reveals the varied outputs of a studio practice that engages with the process of making paintings”.
“This work has been in production for months … it is just a reflection of my broader processdriven practice, which explores studies of colour, form and materiality in an attempt to define a unique material language of painting,’’ Sami says.
A graduate of Sydney College of the Arts and a recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Arts Travelling Scholarship, Sami describes his work as playful.
“My practice to date has been predicated on pursuing a consistent line of experimentation to illus- trate how painting can capture ideas of time, action and process.”
Sami says paint’s versatility inspires him to experiment.
“Generally all of the works I produce start off by pouring the paint straight out of the can,’’ he says.
“Very early on, while still at art school, I would use mis-tinted tins of household paint.
“These would be colours that people had rejected for various reasons ... I picked these up from hardware stores at a discounted price,’’ he says.
“In more recent years I consciously select colours to be mixed ... colour is an important element in my work.”
Sami has exhibited in many places including the Sydney College of the Arts’ Gallery.
You have an idea of how the paint is going to flow … but you can’t control exactly where it’s going to go, or sit with the other colours which is what makes it so interesting, Sami says.
Artist Huseyin Sami begins his creation by pouring paint straight out of a can. His paint creations include Untitled (Long Stack) 2015, top right, a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.