In The Studio of Sam Friedman

Sam Friedman is an artist whose work we’ve always been appreciative of. In anticipation of his show at Kinfolk’s new space tonight (4/18), we dipped inside his studio to get a look at where he creates and talked a little bit of art with him.

So… when did you move into this studio?

I moved into my studio in June 2012.
Let’s say you meet a person and tell them you’re an artist. They ask you “what kind of art do you make?” You say…?

I make paintings.
When did you first consider yourself an artist? Do you remember making things as a kid?

I was always drawing and making things as a kid, and have considered myself an artist for as long I was old enough to have an identity.
Your dad helps you make canvases, right?

Yeah, he has been making a lot of my panels for over a decade now.
All of these paintings are very tropical, which is a really cool thing these days. How long have you been making paintings incorporating this trendy theme? How’d you decide on it?

Hahahaha. I try not to make them tropical, but I do paint beaches. All of mine are based off the northeast, so your not going to find a palm tree or anything. I started painting beaches in August of 2008 after watching a storm roll in to the Rockaways at sunset on my wife’s birthday. In the moment, the scene reminded me of the abstract paintings I was doing at the time, so I just took the same language and made a landscape painting the next week.

Tell me about this show at kinfolk. You have over 100 works in it right? What are they about? Is there a theme?

There are 112 paintings hung in a grid fourteen wide and eight tall. They are all acrylic paintings on canvas stretched over twelve inch square cradled wooden panels that are 1-5/8″ deep. I tried to make them all stand alone as individual works, but cohesive enough that they can make sense as tightly spaced grid.
You must have been working nonstop?

I’ve painting a lot lately
You’re also one of KAWS’ studio assistants. Do you think working on his highly technical paintings has influenced your own art?

Yeah, working with him for years has been a huge influence. He is a great artist. I’ve learned a lot from him about putting a picture together, color, and how to let making each painting lead into making the next. Being so tight and precise for him during the day made me loosen up a lot too. I felt I had to, in order to be able to continue to enjoy painting in my own time.
After this show what’s next?

I have a show in Detroit in May with Library Street Collective.


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  1. joanne costello

    Hi i am very interested in your art work. I live in Michigan. Is there any way to purchase one of your pieces of art?


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