Sam Peacock has worked professionally as a painter since 2007, graduating from Coventry University in 1998 with a BA in Fine arts. He immediately took a sabbatical from painting full time to teach art practice at several institutions in London until returning to full time painting.
Peacock has worked on several collections over the years and has solo showed in Berlin, Sydney and London with several more shows planned into 2018. Recently he undertook a 6 month project focusing on the effects of Hydraulic Fracturing within the UK and gave an artist’s response in the form of 52 separate images, each titled with a place name where planned fracking was to take place. He has also completed a major installation for the Novotel, Canary Wharf, in London and an installation of three dimensional metal ‘bullet casings’ entitled Into the Abyss.
His first solo in Sydney looked into the unseen landscape in NSW which culminated in a London exhibition based on site visits, bushwalks, and rock and earth samples collected whilst travelling and exploring.
Peacock has also taken responsibility as arts co-ordinator for the “Stratford Fringe Festival” curating yearly shows across the town.
Sam Peacock uses a mix of recycled metals and industrial paints to create landscape pieces. “I gorge on the speed and power of mark making, the rawness and the ferocity of paint; how brush marks shift, scrape and overlap to build up structures and forms which compel me to paint, I look incisively for the conversation within the form to build this up on the canvas as the work evolves”.
Peacock describes the process as "a love of the country and how nature can take back what it wants when it wants. A use of the primitivism within, combined with a eye towards the coast. Steel ports, industry, sugar cane slavery. Materials ever-evolving like our city itself. The heat of an open fire, the chemical compounds intrusive with raw colour. Steel glimmering through the conversation which has taken place in front of you. Like entering the room after an argument. Energies still screaming out. The fire's embers pass and burn into the night. The sea calms once more. The city's heart beats continually."
As his work has matured over the years, Peacock has kept material links to previous collections as motifs within the main body of the work, retaining the sugar and coffee elements, the strips of liquorice which define the horizon line, the carbolic soap alongside building materials such as plaster, the element of intense heat to distort and infuse colour, the blinding areas of light tamed by a darkened varnish.