Sam Porritt

Sam Porritt is a British artist based in Zürich, CH who references both individual and shared histories. His work in drawing, sculpture, text and the moving image is largely concerned with human agency and its associated ethical implications.

Sam Porritt, Citadel, 2019. Canvas, Card, Gesso, Hair, Sand, Ground Glass, and Wax Crayon. 200 x 73 x 17 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Help, 2019. Ink and Wax Crayon on Paper. Framed.
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Sam Porritt, Help Me, 2018. Brush and ink on paper. Framed. 57.2 x 44.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Lost at Sea, 2018. Plaster, iron dust, wire, wood, motor, steel, glass, LED bulb. 60 x 176 cm.
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Sam Porritt, A Matter of Perspective (Triptych), 2018. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Card, plaster, papier-mâché. 82 x 7.5 cm each.
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Sam Porritt, Desert, 2018. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Card, plaster, papier-mâché.  82 x 7.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Growth, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Up and Out, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, The Dirty Cleaner, 2017. Pencil on paper. Framed. 42 x 29.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Muscle Memory, 2017. Synthetic clay, steel, wood. 210 x 175 x 20 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Magic, 2017. Aluminium, clay, fabric, polystyrene. 127 x 15 x 99 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Supplicant, 2017. Cardboard, clay, motor, steel, wood. 50 x 200 x 35 cm.
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Sam Porritt, From Bad to Worse and Back, 2017. Hand dyed wool. 200 x 250 x 2 cm. Edition of 3 (+ 1 AP). Made by Limited Edition in Belgium.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25cm.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mil (detail)l, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere III, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere IV, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Untitled (Hopes and Fears), 2016. Two balloons, helium, keys, thread. Dimensions variable.
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Sam Porritt, In Itself II, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, In Itself II, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Emperors New Clothes, 2016. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2016. Ink on paper. 286 x 150 cm.
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Sam Porritt, We're Tripping Myself Up, 2012. Pigment ink on paper. 42 x 29.7 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Looking For Trouble, 2009. Glass lamp, marker pen, plywood. 75 x 100 x 50 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, After Bob Ross: Everything is Beautiful, 2020. Installation view. Museum Im Bellpark, Kriens, CH. Photographer: Martin Stollenwerk.
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Sam Porritt, Out of Place, 2019. Installation view. Paradise Works, Manchester, UK.
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Sam Porritt, Citadel, 2019. Installation view. DAMA 2019, Turin, IT.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017.  Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.
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Sam Porritt, Solo Booth at POPPOSITIONS 6th Edition, 2017. Installation view. ING Art Center, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Sam Porritt, Both Vice and Versa, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Mark Niedermann.
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Sam Porritt, Rise and Fall, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of the former Serrieres slaughter house, CAN, Neufchatel, CH.
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Sam Porritt, Carrot Shaped Stick, 2013. Installation view. Courtesy of MONA, Tasmania, AU. Photographer: Remi Chauvin.
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Sam Porritt, My Mind Made Me Do It (Again and Again), 2013. Installation view. SALTS, Basel, CH.
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Sam Porritt, Out of Place, 2019
Video documentation of Sam Porritt's solo show 'Out of Place' at Paradise Works, Manchester, UK in 2019.
Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018
Video documentation of Sam Porritt's solo show 'A Certain Change' at VITRINE, Basel in 2018.
Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016
Video Documentation of Sam Porritt's work 'Grist To The Mill' at VITRINE, London in 2016.

What can at first appear to be unconnected ideas and questions articulated in disparate ways are in fact often the same intractable problems only viewed from different perspectives. Additional to this is his underlying interest in producing things that stand-alone, artworks that require little if any corroborating information outside of themselves.

Sam Porritt’s recent works, including ‘Citadel’ (2019), focuses his parallel investigations into sculpture and drawing which are preoccupied with the idea of progress, what progress means for an individual and the society in which they live.

Sam Porritt (b. 1979, London, UK) graduated with a BFA in sculpture from the Chelsea School of Art and Design (2002). In 2005 he received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London. He was selected for the Swiss Art Awards 2017 and his book ‘ASSEMBLY – Cast of Characters’ was published by SIDE ISSUES, Zurich, CH (2015).

He has been exhibited internationally at triennials, institutions, galleries and fairs including: Museum Bellpark, Kriens, CH; 17th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, EE; South London Gallery, London, UK; DAMA 2019, Turin, IT; Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS; Paradise Works, Manchester, UK ; VITRINE, Basel, CH; VITRINE, London, UK; INDIANA, Vevey, CH; CAN, Neuchâtel, CH; The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; Toves, Copenhagen, DK; Q. Projects, Amsterdam, NL; Foundation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, FR; Arcade Fine Arts, London, UK; MONA, Tasmania, AUS; SALTS, Basel CH; CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH; c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE; Frutta, Rome, IT; Naming Rights, London, UK; 100 plus, Zurich, CH; MOK, Rotterdam, NL; PEER, London, UK; Anne Mosserie-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, CH.

He has curated the exhibitions ‘What’s in a Band? Eyes, Ears, Mouth & Nose!’ at Corner College, Zurich, CH (2012) and ‘Oneself As Another’, at K3 Project Space, Zurich, CH (2011).

Porritt is currently exhibiting in the group shows 'After Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere' at Museum Im Bellpark Kriens, CH until 16 August 2020; 'Annemarie von Matt — widerstehlich' at Nidwaldner Museum, Stansstad, CH until 16 August; 'Summer of Suspense' at Kunsthalle Zürich, CH until 13 September.

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