CRE­ATIV­ITY GOES WITH THE FLOW NEW LIFE FOR OLD HOUSE PAINT

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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.

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