Sam Herbert's recent paintings have examined the dichotomy
between a romanticised view of an imperial past and the jarring
reality of the exploitation that this lifestyle was founded upon. The
paintings have an immediate familiarity derived from memories
from historical novels, illustrations, sepia photographs or costume
drama. His intention is to take these romanticised notions of the
British Empire and turn them into paintings that seem hazy or
nostalgic. By placing the viewer in a position that elicits an
empathetic reaction poses a set of questions that reject a
straightforward answer and require a re-examination of initial

2002-2004         Goldsmiths College                        MA (Fine Art)
2001-2002        Goldsmiths College                        Postgraduate Diploma
1997-2000         Wimbledon School of Art                  BA (Painting)
1995-1997         Newham College                        Foundation Course

Exhibiting History

Solo Exhibitions

The Heritage of Cain
ZINGERpresents, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Solo Show
September 13 -October 13, 2007

Art Cologne
Vamiali’s Gallery at Cologne Art Fair, Germany
April 18-22, 2007

Gone Tomorrow Gallery, Bethnal Green, London
Solo Show
August 5-28, 2006

Alien Subjects
Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens, Greece
Solo show
March 11-April 22 2006

Natives and Colonials
ZINGERpresents, Tuinstraat, Tilburg, The Netherlands
October 19-November 26, 2005
Solo Show

Bearspace, Deptford High Street, London SE8
March 31-April 18 2005
Solo Show

Group Exhibitions
Eau Sauvage II
Fieldgate Gallery, London E1
Group Show, Curated by Juan Bolivar
May 18-10 June 2007

Art Amsterdam
ZINGERpresents at Amsterdam art fair
May 9-13, 2007

Those Quaint Moments of Distress
Montana Space, Berlin
Group Show curated by Steven Van Grinsven
March-April, 2007

Art Rotterdam
ZINGERpresents at Rotterdam art fair, the Netherlands
February 7-11, 2007

Salon Nouveau
Engholm Englehorn Gallery, Vienna
Group show, Curated by Jasper Sharp
January 25-March, 2007

Crossing Borders
Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
September 2006
Group Show

Kamikaze Blossom
Fieldgate Gallery, 14 Fieldgate Street, London E1
April 2006
Group Show, Curated by Richard Ducker

Eau Sauvage
Lucy mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
March-May 2006
Curated by Juan Bolivar,

Art Rotterdam
ZINGERpresents at the Rotterdam art fair
February 15-20 2006

Hydrophobia II
ZINGERpresents, Tuinstraat, Tilburg, The Netherlands
December 14-January 21, 2005-06
Group show of watercolours,

Lineart Ghent
Ghent Art fair, Belgium. Showing with ZingerPresents.
13-18 December 2005

RCA Secret 2005
Royal College of Art, London,
18-25 November 2005
Annual postcard show

Turin Artfair, Italy. Showing with Vamiali’s Gallery,
10-14 November 2005

‘When I lived in Modern Times’: Archive, artefact, album.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1
September 16-November 12 2005
Group Show curated by Alistair Robinson

Art Athina 05
Athens Art Fair, Greece, showing with Vamiali’s Gallery
27-28 May 2005

The Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London SW1
February 11-March 13 2005
Group Show, Curated by Trailer (Juan Bolivar).

Sunset in Athens
Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens, Greece
February 5-March 13 2005
curated by Sofia Vamiali

Insurgence (Art Projects area, London Art Fair 2005)
Business Design Centre, Islington N1
January 18-23, 2005
2 person show with Mandy Lee Jandrell, curated by Julia Alvarez.

Mare Street Studios, Hackney E8
October 17-24, 2004
Group show, curated by Trailer (Juan Bolivar).

16 Upper Wimpole Street, London W1
October 14-19, 2004
Group Show, curated by Neil Zakiewicz

Goldsmiths Postgraduate Show 2004
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London
July 22-26, 2004
MA Fine Art show

Tower Bridge Business Complex, Bermondsey, London
July 16-31, 2004
Group show by Trailer (Juan Bolivar)..

The Solar Anus
Henry Peacock Gallery, London W1
May 28-July 3, 2004
Group show curated by Dave Smith

Ready, Steady, GO!
Three Colts Gallery, Bethnal Green, London E2
April 17-May 1 2004
Group show, Opening show for Three Colts gallery curated by Trailer (Juan Bolivar).

2-10 Hertford Road, London N1, 25 October-9 November 2003
Group show, Curated by Trailer (Juan Bolivar).

Work, Rest and Play
3-5 Leighton Place, London. 13-17 December 2002
Group show, curated by Samuel Herbert

Goldsmiths Postgraduate Show
Goldsmiths College London, July 2002
Postgraduate Diploma Show


The Saatchi Collection, London
The Swagemakers Collection, the Netherlands
Iacopelli Collection, Parma, Italy
Private collections, the Netherlands
Private collections, London
Private Collections, Greece
Private Collections, USA


Working Lunch, BBC 2, Broadcast 22/10/04 12.30-13.30
The Week, ITV1 (LWT), Broadcast 24/10/04 12.45-13.15
In Business, ‘Framed’ BBC Radio 4, Broadcast 3/2/05 20.30-21.00 and 6/2/05 21.30-22.00

Timeout London Martin Coomer, August 15 2006
De Telegraaf. 14/2/06
‘When I lived in Modern Times’: Archive, artefact, album.’ Essay accompanying the exhibition by Alistair Robinson, Northern Gallery for Contemporary
Art, Sept 2005.
Metro (London), ‘Metro Life- London for Free’ p.25 Thursday 31/3/05
The Art Newspaper (International Edition) Judith Bumpus, p.36 No 156, March 2005
The Independent, ‘Save and Spend’ p.5 Saturday 14/1/05

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2005, Shortlisted artist for 2nd round
AHRB Bursary, 2001-02
Brompton Competition, 3rd place prize winner, 2000
Wimbledon School of Art Drawing Prize, 1st place Winner, 1999