Sam Jinks

Sam Jinks’ much anticipated second solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery will comprise of 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.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Australia.
From Wednesday 30 June 2010 to Saturday 24 July 2010
Launch Saturday 03 July 2010, 3-5pm

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Published by Karen Woodbury Fine Art on Monday 08 March 2010.
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Created from silicone, fiberglass and human hair these works are irresistible in their striking resemblances to real life. The resemblances are intriguing causing one to ponder larger universal ideas.

A strong sense of connectedness echoes 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 work. These works built from armatures and then completed from clay moulds into silicon are heartbreakingly beautiful. Additional materials such as fabric and a composite marble are also incorporated into the new work. These works do not reveal straight away, they are analytical and convey about an experience of ideas that extend beyond the object.

One work 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 that appear to be kissing or dancing, extending his practice beyond the figurative. In another work, a young sleeping boy lies on his back with hands placed face down on chest, capitalising on the vulnerability of the child’s position. The exposed still calm nature of this work in particular highlights a human fragility and its beauty.

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

He 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).

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