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Preston Sampson


Preston Sampson is a local figurative artist whose illuminating works on un-stretched and un-primed canvas have gained him a national acclaim from private and institutional art collectors. Sampson uses acrylic paints; his vigorous brush strokes pulsate with rhythm and energy. Sampson explores jazz melodies in the most exuberant paintings of musicians and dancers. His goal is for his figurative portrayals “to emote, touch and move you to the center of it all.” Another reoccurring theme in Samson’s work is the dominant male figure, done in epic and heroic scale, exuding pride and dignity. In 1997 Sampson was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to create a painting for their award winning ad campaign. Absolut Sampson has been a part of a traveling collection that has made stops in many major cities. Sampson also produced a series of monotypes titled “Critical Discoveries” for which he received recognition from Washington Post.