First Independent Gallery
Bergamot Station G6
2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA  90404
tel: 310.829.0345  fax: 310.829.7612
Wed-Sat, 11-5 & by appointment


Sam Amato

June 26 - July 27, 2013

Selected Work

In recent years two sides have taken precedence over others in the direction of my art work. Somewhat like the left and right lobes of the brain. Introversion and extroversion. The descriptive and the nameless. These oppositions are seen and can be experienced in the works hanging in the gallery. The bodhisattva figures and mandalas are introspective devoid of bright and lively color. They are absorbed in thought and by thought, absent of action, and with the barest personal gesture. The marks and painterly strokes imbedding the figures with the four edges of the painted surfaces are signs of psychic energy generated by the inner contemplation and focus of the Bodhisattvas. These marks are visually active and complement the decorative structure and visual force of these images. Eastern art and reading have been important influences in this portion of my painting. The mandala with its multiple levels are partners with the Bodhisattvas. Chairs belonging to the category of inanimate functional objects can be experienced complexly and multi-leveled, very alive, and introspectively. They have appeared in many of my drawings and images.

Alternatively my creative work and feelings are driven by nature, color, light, and the visible. They are found in gardens, flowers, shrubbery, weeds, sidewalks, graffiti, skies, in beautiful art works, and from children's art as well. Color and light has its own independence and own special language. The images driven by feelings for nature are not copies or interpretations of nature. They are inspirations from my environment and from intuition. More like music. Freedom, expansiveness, and joy accompany this mode. They permit me empathy and improvisation. The bright colors and marks are like vocal pitches.

Crowd Control, 2003-12, pigment print, 23 x 23 ½”
Enlightenment, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 53 ½ x 47 ½”


Red Poppies, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20"
Red Poppies, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20"




Throne, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 47”
Throne, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 47

Contemplation, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 66 ½ x 42"
Contemplation, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 66 ½ x 42"

Flower at Early Morning, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 41 ½ x 38”

Landscape with Trees, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 38 ½"
Landscape with Trees , 2013, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 38 ½"



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