Samantha Sandbrook celebrates a playful spirit in exploring the boundaries of fine art and dramatic interior decors. She has been an active member of the Toronto art community since 1996. Samantha is an honours graduate of Queens University (B.F.A) and received advanced standing at Ontario College of Art. She has been involved in group and solo exhibitions at both trade shows (Toronto International Art Fair, Interior Design Show and Toronto Artist Project) and gallery venues. Samantha’s works are included in residential and corporate collections, at home and abroad.
TORMENTA SERIES (Ophelia)
Samantha finds inspiration in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” It presents the madness and consumptive elements of being in love. Like Shakespeare’s Ophelia in his play Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, obsessive love may take one’s life.
Life is a matter of choices, false decisions can be fatal. We must learn to live with and accept the vagaries of existence. These vagaries may take a life, as happened with the mad, beautiful Ophelia. In Samantha’s series, Ophelia has emerged after her drowning, resplendent in white butterfly spirits, which celebrate her worldly life and the afterlife where she has been reborn without madness. She has been freed from the tyranny of Hamlet and his love.
Samantha is mesmerized by the metaphorical portrayal of the flower in Le Petit Prince. This creature, The Observed, is in no hurry to display herself to the world’s Observer until she looks her stunning best. Like a runway model, she guards her beauty with a careful hand and a critical eye. As Antoine De Saint-Exupery wrote:
“…the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber. She chose her colours with the greatest care. She dressed herself slowly. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled, like the field of poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear.”
In Samantha’s paintings, the Observers – the modern day Paparazzi who photograph their subjects in the audience of a runway show do not appear literally. They are symbolized by the blazing “lens flare” circles that emanate from the corners of the canvas, toward the subject. Samantha casts her fragrance and breathtaking radiance over her audience for the observer to relish. All images are original oil paintings with resin.