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— Biography of Samara Adamson-Pinczewski

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski is a Melbourne based geometric abstract artist whose work stems from the architecture of urban space.  Her paintings, drawings and studio-based installations use scale, reflective materials, fragmented abstract forms and oblique linear structures to create ambiguous spatial readings and explore feelings of physical and psychological unease.  

She received a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from Monash University in 1998, a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) from RMIT University in 1999, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Visual Art) from the University of Melbourne in 2001, a Master of Fine Art (Research) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003, and a PhD from the School of Art, RMIT University in 2013.

Samara has been exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally since 1998, and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Program in New Berlin, New York, USA.

Statements by the Artist, 2018:

“We are currently living in an unstable world.  Instability and change is experienced on a daily basis in contemporary cities.”

“[In my work] scale, structure and colour is used to generate physical unease.. punchy angles and pulsating colour plunge out towards the viewer… compositional devices simultaneously draw in and spit out the viewer…”

“My interest in reflective and refractive materials, in particular my use of metallic and iridescent paint colours and geometric forms, stems from an aspect of my personal family history.  On immigration to Australia from Poland post WWII my maternal grandfather made a living as a rag and bones man and eventually acquired a scrap metal yard.  The yard is run by my parents and my studio is close by.  My whole life I have seen a wide range of metals – steel, copper, brass, tin, lead, zinc, pewter, bronze, stainless steel, gun metal, mica and lead.  Metallic colours and their individual properties have been a source of inspiration.” 


Visit the Artist’s website: www.sapart.com.au

Watch an interview with Samara in her studio: https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/media/video/studio-samara-adamson-pinczewski

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski CV


Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.