September 2021 – Samuel Cowley

Window Gallery presents a collection of colourful, energetic paintings by local artist Samuel Cowley.

You can also check out the exhibition, accompanied by music from Slumber on our YouTube channel.

When did you start making art? 2 years ago

What sort of art do you create? Has this changed over time?

I create an opportunity to escape and a place that allows your mind to drift into a world of fantasy, colour and adventure. Meeting new people, seeing new things and through my own adventures my art is always changing. Life and death is a constant state of change. To stand still with your eyes closed means you miss the rainbow.

What inspires you? The obvious and boring answer is “ life and nature” blah, blah, blah.

Really angry people inspire me. I see frustration in their anger and a need to escape from whatever dark place that they are trapped in. Kandinsky is also a genius as he saw the connection between spirituality, colour and enjoyment.

What do you do if you’re not inspired?

Go and make someone angry. Joking !!!! Sadly society brings all the inspiration I could possibly look for.

Where do you practice art? I often walk around with a sketch pad in my bag but my glorious little flat is where I paint.

Do you have any connections with the art community in Chelmsford? I have not long been in Chelmsford so I will look forward to connecting with many more artists through my adventures.

How often do you create? Everyday. I have always got a paintbrush in my hand and I am constantly surrounded by blank canvases at home. However, sometimes I actually like just having a day or two doing nothing as having a mind full of colour is astronomically beautiful but it is nice to draw the curtains and enjoy silence every now and then.

What’s the best thing about being an artist? Going out in scruffy clothes and when someone looks at you, you can just say “I’m an artist, I’ve been painting today.”

Where have you exhibited before? This is the first time I have had the thrill of being able to show my work.

Do you sell your work? If so, is it difficult to part with it? I have sold a few pieces. I feel like a proud dad watching my child spreading their wings and going on to bring smiles and happy thoughts into the world.

What superpower would you have and why? I don’t need any more superpowers as I have enough honesty, love, passion for life and happiness for me and everyone.