(b.1976 Cape Town)
With a focus on the ‘unconscious rawness and total absence of a contrived control’, Samuel Allerton strives to capture the spontaneous, uninhibited in his approach to mark-making and the total enjoyment of the ‘simpler act of expression’. Often associated with quite minimal, contemplative forms or monumental sculptures, Allerton’s narratives reference nature directly, attempting to ‘look beyond our fears and ignorance and at our role in the destruction of the world around us’. Allerton is a Cape Town based sculptor working mainly in bronze and resin. Graduating from the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Art with distinction, Allerton’s work is in various public and private collections both here and abroad and has received many awards, including the Gauloise Painting Competition at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
In all of my work there is most often a direct reference to nature – I either openly pay homage to nature or fight for its cause through social commentary by highlighting man’s horrific abuse and neglect.
I tend to approach my work from two very different formal perspectives resulting in two styles which are each unique and powerful in their own right and express my creative energy in a Jekyll and Hyde kind of dichotomy. On the one hand the result is minimal – spiritual and contemplative pieces, often achieved by subtly altering nature to create a drastic shift in perception or feeling.
Otherwise my works are direct, impulsive outbursts, either shouting at the world for help or reprimanding man for his hypocrisies and blatant injustices towards his world and towards each other. These pieces are more aggressive, overt and explicit.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Touched, Bellovista Productions, Cape Town, South Africa
2013 In the Balance, Young Blood, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 A Closer Look, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Bronze, Steel and Stone, Everard Read, Cape Town (at the Mount Nelson Hotel), South Africa
2015 @play, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
2013 Summer of Sculpture 2, Everard Read, Cape Town (at the Mount Nelson Hotel), South Africa
2012 Summer of Sculpture, Everard Read, Cape Town (at the Mount Nelson Hotel), South Africa
2011 Fresh, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 Sex, Power, Money, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
2003 Tired of Talking, VEO Gallery, de Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa