Sam Jinks wows crowds at the India Art Fair

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 02 February 2012.

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Sam Jinks’ incredible hyper-realist sculptures have wowed crowds at the India Art Fair, New Delhi, receiving media coverage in The Guardian, New York Times, LA Times & Hindu Newspaper.

Karen Woodbury Gallery’s stand was the most visited stand of the fair, with Karen Woodbury Gallery staff inundated with onlookers.

Sam Jinks’ much anticipated exhibition at the India Art Fair, New Delhi comprises four works that examine the human condition and life cycle.

His hyper-real sculptures have been described as ‘poignantly beautiful’ as his works create a dialogue on both a technical and emotional level through a strong sensitivity to detail. Created from silicone, fibreglass, resin, calcium carbonate and human hair these works are irresistible in their striking resemblances to real life. These resemblances are intriguing causing one to ponder larger universal ideas.

A strong sense of connectedness permeates within Jink’s new body of work as he continues to seek ‘the contrast of individual interpretation’ that defines the feeble and fragile, while also imbuing a level of strength and vigour. Ideas of aging, paternal and familial relationships and closeness are all touched on with this new sculpture. These works built from armatures and then completed from clay moulds into silicon are heartbreakingly beautiful.

One sculpture presents an old woman standing upright holding a baby. This work encapsulates a strong impression of intimacy as two humans at the beginning and end of their lives come together. This sculpture, like all of Jinks’ sculptures extend the audiences reflection to ideas beyond the direct objects presented. Such intimacy is sustained in a work where two conjoined snails appear to be kissing, extending his practice beyond the figurative. The exhibition highlights the beauty and fragility of existence.

Since his first solo exhibition Distortions at West Space in 2005, Sam has held seven other solo shows, Sam Jinks: New Work, New Albion Gallery, Sydney (2011); Sam Jinks, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia (2011); Sam Jinks, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2008 & 2010); Sam Jinks, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria (2006 & 2008); Sam Jinks: Recent Sculpture, Boutwell and Draper, Sydney (2007); Sam Jinks, West Space, Melbourne (2007).

Jinks has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Sleeping man, Ardwolf Gallery, Melbourne (2000); Diamonds in the Rough, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2001); Baby, First Floor Gallery, Melbourne (2002); Random Access, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria (2006); Truth and Likeness, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2006-07) and Voiceless, Sherman Gallery, Sydney (2007).

Jink’s acclaimed work The Hanging Man 2005, can be found in the collection of McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Australia, Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia and other works throughout various private collections in Australia and abroad including Museo Escultura Figurativa Internacional Contemporánea (MEFIC), Portugal.

Karen Woodbury Gallery

Sam Jinks on Artabase