Born in 1949 Sam Skelton grew up in the
industrial town of Kirkintilloch. His father was a worker
at the local foundry and his memories of the scenes
around the foundry influenced his art work and fill his paintings.
Sam Skelton studied Graphic Design at the
Glasgow School of Art and worked as a graphic designer
before deciding to paint full time.
Sam Skelton’s paintings are nostalgic evocations
of Scotland’s industrial past: working class heroes,
boxers, a couple on a park bench, a group of men in
dark overcoats watching a game of football
played on waste ground.
The stark simplicity of Sam Skelton’s figures,
painted on rough Hessian, belie a rich heritage.
These are the kids playing on the street so familiar
from the paintings of Joan Eardley or the photographs
of Oscar Marzaroli. The influence of the great industrial
naïve painter, J.S. Lowry is clear. Skelton’s paintings are
suffused with the dark low light of Scotland in winter.
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