Sam Jinks

30.06.10 to 24.07.10


Sam Jinks’ hyper-real sculptures have been described as ‘poignantly beautiful’ as his works create a dialogue on both a technical and emotional level through a strong sensitivity to detail. Created from silicone, fiberglass and human hair these works are irresistible in their striking resemblances to real life. The resemblances are intriguing causing one to ponder larger universal ideas.


A strong sense of connectedness echoes within Jink’s new body of work as he continues to seek the contrast of individual interpretation that defines the feeble and fragile, while also imbuing a level of strength and vigour. Ideas of ageing, paternal and familial relationships and closeness are all touched on with this new work. Sculpted from clay these heartbreakingly beautiful works are then moulded and cast in silicon. Additional materials such as fabric and a composite marble are also incorporated into the new work. These works do not reveal straight away, they are analytical and convey about an experience of ideas that extend beyond the object.


One work presents an old woman standing upright holding a baby. This work encapsulates a strong impression of intimacy as two humans at the beginning and end of their lives come together. This sculpture, like all of Jinks’ sculptures extend the audiences reflection to ideas beyond the direct objects presented. Such intimacy is sustained in a work where two conjoined snails that appear to be kissing or dancing, extending his practice beyond the figurative. The exposed still calm nature of this work in particular highlights a human fragility and its beauty.