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.
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: Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH; Kunsthalle Zürich, CH; 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 has been selected for the 2020 Swiss Art Awards and has an upcoming show: 'Annemarie Von Matt. He Ne M'Ennuie Jamais, on M'Ennuie' at Centre Culturel Suissie Paris, FR (11 October - 15 November 2020).