Lock paints viscerally. Using blowtorches and electric sanders as well as the brush, he ages and wears his canvasses down, making them seem all the more natural. At its core, his work conveys the passage of time; colours, movement and characters that are half-recalled, uncertain.


Lock earned his MA in Fine Art and MA in Art History from Edinburgh University in 1997, graduating with honours.

Installation shots

Sam Lock trained at Edinburgh University and Art College, graduating with an MA Fine Art Painting and MA History of Art in 1997. Whilst at college he won a scholarship award to travel to Rome to explore his interest in the relationship between history, archaeology and the processes of painting, a preoccupation that has fired his work and continues to underpin his practice.


Originally from London, he lived in Canada, trained at Edinburgh and now lives by the coast in Brighton. He has been a member of the Red Herring Studios in West Hove for just over 2 years.





MA Honours Degree in Fine Arts University of Edinburgh 1997





1997      Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1999      Undercurrents, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2002     Chichester Open Art Exhibitons

2003     Art at Amberley Museum

2003     O2, London

2004     London Artists Book Fair, ICA, London

2004     Xavier Gallery, Brighton

2005     ConTemporary Gallery, Brighton

2005     Art @ The Claremont, Brighton

2005     Art @ The Oriental, Brighton

2005     Art @ The Brightonwave, Brighton

2007     Liberty Gallery, Kent

2008     Affordable Art Fair, London

2009     Cambridge Art Fair

2009     Affordable Art Fair, London

2009     Edinburgh Art Fair

2009     Northern Art Show

2010      "Trace Element" Solo Show, Studio 226 Chelsea Design Centre

2011     Spring Show, Bircham Gallery

2011     Blue Monkey Open Studios, Eastbourne

2011     Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

2012     Naked Eye Gallery

2012     Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries

2013     Spring Show, Bircham Gallery

2013     32 Paintings, Phoenix Gallery

2014     Bluemoon Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

2014     Columbia Road Gallery, London

2015     Drawn, RWA Bristol

2015     Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2015     SeeArtfair (Gallery Gunn)

2015     Solo Show, Wimbledon Fine Art

2015     Cadogan Contemporary

2015     Chicago Artsource

2016     Art at Home, Gallery 8, London

2017     A Summer Celebration of Contemporary British Art and Scandinavian Design, Hampshire

2017     Christmas Exhibition at the barn, Hampshire

2018     One hundred works under £2,000, Hampshire

2019     Cadogan Contemporary, London