Sam Worthington / Wasp Elder
Wasp Elder is a socially engaged artist whose aim is to paint murals that communicate with people.
He often paints pictures populated by enigmatic figures and unstressed backgrounds, enticing a sentiment of an obscure journey.
His paintings present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, close-ups and obscured features.
Through this working process he is able to present often marginalised figures through a dignified representation.
Highlighting their humanity outside of the conflict that is seen to define them.
His work is an attempt to echo how we filter information around us with the result being presented like a blurred memory or statement, not the statement its self.
Sam also co-ran a DIY multi functional art-space called The Abacus as well asa street art project called Empty Walls.
He has collaborated on many project across the world and continues to use his experiences to learn about people, place and environment.
Street Art United States Interview
Urbanite webzine write up
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
Art united Us - Odessa, Ukraine
UPEART Project - Turku, Finland
Still.Bruch art project - Tuefelsberg, Berlin, Germany
IBUG Urban arts festival - Chemnitz, Germany
Upfestival - Bristol, Uk
Festival Inspire public Mural - Moncton, Canada
Sibiu mural project - Sibiu, Romania
Past Present and Future - 1963 Gallery, London, uk
Sub-streets Urban art show - SUBgalleria - Sao Paulo, Brazil
WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY - The Art union, Berlin, Germany
Solo Exhibition: Victims of Circumstance - 1963 Gallery, London, uk
Berlin Papers - Apaper works group show of Berlin based artists - Santiago de Chile
Mural commission - Linc-Cymru Housing Association- mural raising awareness of empty buildings and homelessness in Wales, Cardiff, Wales
IBUG urban arts festival - West Saxony, Germany
Empty Walls mural festival - Cardiff, Wales
Smoke with out fire - Joint exhibition with Helen Bur, The Abacus art space, Cardiff
Mural commission - Cardiff Council, Cardiff, Wales
Empty Walls Mural Festival - Cardiff - Wales
The exhibitionists - National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Graduate - Wales Millennium centre - selected by artist Pete Fowler
Helen Gregory Memorial travel grant
Arts council of Wales Project fund for Empty Walls festival
The Abacas Arts space
Empty WallsMural Festival