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Artbay Gallery - 'A Forest' by Sam Foley

Location: Artbay Gallery, 13 Marine Parade Queenstown.
Region: Queenstown
Dates: Fri, 4 September 2020 - Sat, 31 October 2020 @ Daily.

  • Artbay Gallery - 'A Forest' by Sam Foley


Celebrating Natures Wonders.

Sam Foley’s exhibition ‘A Forest’ celebrates New Zealand’s lush native forest, which can so easily be taken for granted. His new collection explores the Wakatipu Basin and the heavily dense forest that frames many of its local walking tracks.

Sam’s paintings take you on a journey, the same journey that we often look for when we set foot on a weekend walk with loved ones. Sam has perfectly captured the golden light that dabbles through the trees and the sublime sun that lights the next bend.

“Every day it becomes more evident that our forests are so very important” - Sam Foley.

If you are a nature lover, environmentalist or just a dreamer, you’ll appreciate the peaceful mediative mood Sam has created with his latest body of work.

From a distance, Sam's oil paintings are extremely detailed and realistic but at a closer look, his distinct painting technique reveals meticulous layers of colour and texture that gives his work such magical light. You get a glimpse of a new softer colour palette in Sam's latest series, that is absolutely stunning. 

A feature that's exciting in ‘The Forest’ exhibition will be two works that showcase Sam’s recent focus, creating ‘Moving Image Paintings’, by combining the two mediums of oil painting and digital projections. These paintings shift and change due to the complex use of projected light and texture. Adding another layer of time & place to his works that evokes the sense of being in the moment or triggering past memories.

“In response to the wildfires that ravaged Australia recently, I want to celebrate the remaining unique and fragile natural wonders we are so lucky to have.” Sam Foley.  

Sam is a coveted award-winning New Zealand artist, who has spent the last decade between Dunedin, Berlin, Switzerland, and Norway. 


Artbay Gallery, 13 Marine Parade Queenstown.