Sam

Sam Colt ~ Artist

In the beginning, when I arrive at my table, I tune in to an inner frequency by the small acts of pulling out materials one by one, and like a gathering of trekkers blowing in for a vodka after outrunning an avalanche we start talking before pulling off our steaming old coats; and bang - I’m in a visceral visual conversation that builds spontaneously into a quiet moment that says... this might be what happened.

This might be what it looks like.

I started off in NYC studying the hoity old European canon of decorative arts; gold-leaf, faux-bois, grisaille and the like and graduated to running my own business installing Venetian plaster finishes in high-end environs there for years, tackling massive projects for the likes of Rolex, etc. This early pursuit of technical excellence ~ paired with the rangy looseness developed in running large scale installations ~ eventually rotated into a study of Icon writing, which, in turn, tricked me into a full-time practice of making gallery art in my studio in Montpelier, using the go-to materials and techniques I once used on large scale jobs. 

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In the studio I apply multiple coats of Italian marble plasters on Masonite panels which I zip around on with knives to reveal under-stories, burnishing mica or ashes from a fire or a cremation into the matrix. The resulting complex surfaces serve as the backdrop for quick sketches of stuff that moves me: Ships, cities, key-stoned bridges, architectural elements - an unhinged cartography. These frequent fliers are often meditated on with bits of gold leaf, gouache washes, charcoal, acids, waxes & varnishes. 

The result of these percussive adventures in rare materials is an echoey and emotional body of work made in devotion to following an instinctual compass rose to express the insistent knocking from within.

Influences thus far are Antoni Gaudi, Jay DeFeo, JMW Turner, Hilma af Klint, Anselm Keifer, William Blake, Peter Doig, Sesshu Toyo, Martin Puryear, Ruth Asawa, & my mentor David Wiggins.

Sam and White Bull
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S A M  C O L T   C U R R I C U L U M  V I T A E

2016 ~ present      Opened studio at 24 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Representation & Galleries 

2019 ~ present           FineLeaf.net 

2018 ~ 2019               The Front Gallery, Montpelier, VT ~ member two years.
2017 ~ present           Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery ~ Shelburne, VT since 2017 

2017 ~ present           Main Street Gallery ~  Manasquan, NJ since 2017

Solo

2020                         Main Street Gallery, Manasquan, NJ       

2019                          J. Langdon Antiques, Montpelier, VT                               

2018                         Permanent installation in the Savoy Theater, Montpelier, Vermont

2017                         Kent Museum show group show

Exibitions

2017                         Kent Museum, Calais, VT

2018                         Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT

Prior Career

 

    

2007 - 2017               Designed&Installed artisan plaster in Vermont, San Francisco &  NYC

2003 - 2007               Founder & Creative Director of Coltworks Inc.  New York, New York 

Designed and installed decorative plaster veneer finishes for architectural and design firms in NYC and  privately held corporate headquarters in Manhattan including Rolex, EMI Records and WebMD as well as and high-end residences in NYC, The Hamptons, Westchester County, Boston, Bal Harbor, Palm Beach & San Francisco.

2000 - 2003               Creative Director of DFB Sales, Long Island City, New York

Designed and produced comprehensive line of high-end industrial and corporate wall surfacing made out of proprietary flexible materials to resemble classic Venetian Plaster finishes.  

Rolled out line to Architectural and Design community of Manhattan for Harvey Fein, DFB President with presentations and in-house educational demonstrations. Developed custom surfaces for A&D clientele and produced accomplished site work.  Interfaced with A&D throughout maturation of design and installation process to advance synthesis of design expectation within site limitations. Ran the studio to produce samples and develop procedural protocols for efficient job installation, trained all installers and interfaced with painters union rules and regs. Managed installations and crew and controlled for quality through-out. Generated custom samples on demand to support sales force; augmenting sales as product presenter and educational resource liason between sales personnel and A&D firms.

1998 - 2000               Partnered with Re-Creations Studio in NYC

Design, present, and install custom decorative paint finishes in NYC.

 

1997 - 1999               Freelance Decorative Paint and Plaster Design & Installation

Design, present, and install decorative paint, artisan plasters and murals as freelance operator in NYC

 

1991                          First of three children arrives.

 

 

 

1987 – 1990              Production assistant ~  backdrops for prop stylist on print-ads in Boston, Mass 

 

1986                             Graduated from U-32 Highschool, Berlin, Vermont

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1999 - 2003

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