Samuel’s work centers on issues both social and personal. Providing critique and discussion on American social realities as well as the individual psyche. Reflecting the period of digital alienation these canvases become dark voids in which the figure is deconstructed and often repeated. This has both visceral and metaphoric function in representing monotony and existential conflict. The history of figuration is at the center of Samuel’s practice, with references to artists as early as the Renaissance through the 20th century. These, sometimes direct, appropriations function on numerous levels; they can be declarative, combative, and even satirical. The series of paintings that repurpose Orientalist and Religious scenes into contemporary party scenes utilize this sarcasm to criticize masculinity and its role in the American coming-of-age experience.
Samuel is represented by Exhibit A Gallery in Corning, NY. In 2015 he was awarded a fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY, as well as the Goetemann Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony.