Sam Lloyd is an artist particularly interested in material culture, place, memories, transience, and layers of meaning. Centred on photography, his multi-disciplinary practice also incorporates sculpture, installation, writing, and performance.
Originally trained as an architect, Sam completed studies at the VCA as a mature-age student in 2009. Since then, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been a visiting artist at the Cyprus College of Art (where he also completed post-graduate studies in 2014) and the Museum of Innocence, Mildura. His work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas and is held in private and public collections in Australia, Europe, and the US.
While Sam's approach includes some elements of DADA (accidents; the 'readymade') he aims for an aesthetic response in the viewer (using 'aesthetic' in the original sense arising from aesthesis, as proposed by British theorist Michael Paraskos) and agrees with Zygmunt Bauman that art's purpose is to create islands of meaning.
Sam identifies as an adult survivor of child abuse and acknowledges his Cymraeg (Welsh) ancestry.
"I don't want to just describe the world", said Socrates, "I want to find out what it bloody well means!"
'The Tin Parrot', Sam Lloyd, 2019
Some comments on Sam's work:
"Inspiring and thought provoking - I will never look at an angel in the same way."
Gallery visitor ('Psychopomp', 2021/2)
"What art should be: a slap in the face."
Dervis Dervisoglu, online exhibition visitor (artist), UK
(other HUMANS, 2020)
"Funny and real!"
Anonymous gallery visitor (art student), Adelaide
(The Lost Photographs of Socrates Smith, 2019)
"Beautiful. Sam is a true precursor artist."
Dom deClario, former Director of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (The Missing Library, 2018)
"The photographs made me cry, the searching is so intense."
M. B., Architect, website visitor, Virginia, USA (The Articulate Object, 2016)
"Every time I see one of Sam's works, something changes inside."
Professor Tommy Barlow, Champlain College of Art, USA
(Modern Archeology, 2015)
"One of the most creative students we've had."
Michael Paraskos, UK art theorist and director, Cyprus College of Art
"A stunning body of work."
Ben Read, eminent UK art historian and critic (Magic Isle, 2014)
Sam Lloyd in Cyprus, 2014.
Photo by Katherine Lloyd
Sam Lloyd in 2020.
Photo by Sam Lloyd