Artist Samuel Pretorius' paintings evoke a quiet nostalgia. Each brushstroke suggests a shape, a landscape, or a subject—letting the memory of the viewer fill in the details. He invariably works with photographs, creating representations of actual locations he documents, and enjoys making bold brush movements that capture the essence of his subject in the fewest marks possible. "My paintings are best described as 'suggestionistic.' I aim to create fleeting images that you long to see again, a place that you will never forget, or one you yearn to visit," says Samuel. Originally from South Africa, he comes from a family of artists who encouraged him early to paint and draw. In primary school, his work was included in a national exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. While growing up, his art education came from exhibiting at local art galleries, participating in open markets and plein air painting events, and joining monthly exhibitions. Recently becoming a US citizen, Samuel decided to dedicate a portion of his study to his home studio to fulfill his passion for painting. This well-lit area, often supervised by his Siamese cat, allows him to paint any time of the day. Outside the creative industry, Samuel enjoys exploring the world's beauty and creating code as a software developer.
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About The Artist
I have worked in many different mediums in the past, but now I focus on Acrylic because I like applying fresh brush strokes without waiting. I only use three colors, each in two different pigments, red, yellow, blue, and of course white.
My palette currently consists of Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Light for red. Ultramarine and Phtalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow and Primary Yellow, and Titanium White. These all combine to give me fresh colors that are vibrant and alive on the canvas.
I love creating art because of the beauty of nature, the enthrallment of making a brush stroke I
like, a fascination with the world around me, and the joy it brings to people.
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