Sam Vokey is an oil painter who specializes in landscapes and still life’s and commissioned custom paintings.
Sam has been a successful artist for more than 25 years. He is an elected member of The Guild Of Boston Artists and has won the designation of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine and Middlesex School in Concord, MA.
He attended the R.H.Ives Gammell Atelier in Boston for four years. This was a European style atelier scholarship program that only admitted 5 students at a time. Those students worked closely with a master painter to learn the fundamentals of painting still life, landscape, portrait and figurative work.
His painting style is most closely associated with the Boston School tradition of painting which crosses Realism with some of the softer edges and painterly qualities of Impressionism. Vokey’s still life’s and landscapes demonstrate a strong consideration for creating balance between the overall composition and the light and dark values in his paintings.
Sam has had many one-man and group shows at different galleries including most recently at: The Guild Of Boston Artists, Boston Ma.; Powers Gallery, Acton, Ma.; and Tree’s Place, Orleans, Ma. See a list of his galleries at www.samvokey.com
In 2012, Sam received the Frank Benson Award at The Guild of Boston Artists for the second time. He has also won the R.H.Ives Gammell Award, and in 2009, he won the prestigious Edmund Tarbell Award, an honor given to first prize in painting at the annual All Members event held each spring. At the Copley Society of Boston, he has won numerous awards, including the status of Copley Master; In 2007, Sam was awarded the Copley’s John Singleton Copley Award, the highest honor given by the Copley Society.
Mr Vokey’s paintings have been included in many books and magazines including the cover of the book The Boston School published by Blue Tree Press. He was also the cover artist of the 2005 issue of American Artist magazine.
In 2006, one of Vokey’s still life paintings was acquired by The Cape Cod Museum of Art for the permanent collection. His paintings can be found in numerous corporate and private collections including Boston Private Bank, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Liberty Mutual, Meredith and Grew, Marriott Hotels, and The Smuckers Company. Henry Kravis of KKR & Co. attended a show and bought 2 paintings. Vokey’s paintings can also be found in private collections nationally and internationally including the private collection of a United States Senator and the former President of Ireland and the former President of Uruguay. Boston College and Middlesex School have both acquired his work.
November 2018 One-man show “Water & Light” at The Guild Of Boston Artists Gallery, Boston.
Sept 2016 Tree’s Place, Orleans Ma. Plein Air Influences — 4-person landscape show.
Summer 2016 Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jefferson, Vt. Group show featuring Robert Douglas Hunter And His Students.
August 2015 Tree’s Place. Summer Delight — 2-person show of landscapes and still life’s.
November 2013 One-man show at Powers Gallery, Acton, Ma. “Thirty New Paintings” featuring still life’s and landscapes.
November 2011 One-man show at Powers gallery.
October/November 2009 One-man show at Powers Gallery.
December 2009 One-man show at The Guild Of Boston Artists.
July 2002 Tree’s Place Solo exhibit.
May 2002 Powers gallery Group Show of still life’s.
November 2001 Copley Society of Boston “Patron’s Choice” Invitational Group Show of some of New England’s most renowned artists working in the realm of realism.
August 2000 Tree’s Place Solo Exhibit.
1999 Harvard Club of Boston “New England Impressions” Invitational Group Show.
1998 Attleboro Museum “New England Impressions” Inviational Group Show.
Other exhibitions include shows at the St Botolph Club, Vose Galleries, Middlesex School, Brockton Art Museum, Concord Art Assoc. and others.
My goal is to ignite human imagination and to stimulate thought and emotion by engaging my viewer in the landscape that I observe.
When I make a painting I am most interested in creating a design that will captivate the eye of the viewer and draw them into my world. Color, form and drawing are all important in conjuring my impression of reality but adding all this to a structure of design that is strong in balance and rhythm creates a unified expression of visual power.
I strive for accuracy and truth in my work but not the truth of capturing every detail like in a photograph. Instead, I am interpreting what I see and using the paint to imply detail. This is a more impressionistic approach and I believe that it is a way to engage the audience because the viewer is collaborating with the artist by filling in the details with their own mind.
The rhythms and subtleties that I observe in nature are the qualities that I want in my work . I think in terms of building a painting in layers of abstract shapes — patterns and rhythms that repeat in a variety of different but similar ways. In this way a painting can develop into something with depth and weight that has the essence of Nature in the paint.