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.
Bowdoin College BA cum laude with a major in English Lit and a minor in Studio Art. The R. H. Ives Gammell Atelier, Boston. This was a four year scholarship program where students worked closely with a master artist to learn the fundamentals of drawing and then painting still life, landscape, portrait and figurative work from life.
Awards and Honors
2012 The Frank Benson Award at the Guild of Boston Artists
2009 The Edmund Tarbell Award at the Guild of Boston Artists
2006 The R.H. Ives Gammell Award at the Guild of Boston Artists
2001 The Edmund Tarbell Award at the Guild of Boston Artists
2004 Awarded the status of Copley Master at the Copley Society of Boston
2007 Awarded the John Singleton Copley Award — the highest honor given by the Copley Society
2006 The Cape Cod Museum of Art acquired a Vokey still life for their permanent collection.
2015 The Smuckers Company acquired a Vokey still life for their permanent collection.
Selected Exhibitions and Events
2019 Let there Be Light — Three-person show at Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
2019 Copley Masters Show, Copley Society, Boston , MA.
2018 Solo Exhibition at Guild of Boston Artists called “Water and Light” 30 original oil paintings. Included an artist demonstration.
2017 National Maritime Show- “At Sea” at the Copley Society of Boston. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian
2016 Plein Air Influences — four person landscape show at Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
2016 Robert Douglas Hunter and his Students-group show,Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT.
2015 Sumer Delight — two person landscape and still life show at Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
2013 Solo Exhibition “Thirty New Paintings” at Powers Gallery, Acton, MA landscapes and still life.
2011 Solo Exhibition at Powers Gallery, Acton, MA.
2009 Solo Exhibition at Powers Gallery, Orleans, MA.
2009 Solo Exhibition at the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA.
2005 Cover Artist — American Artist Magazine. The Power of Design article by Linda S. Price.
2003 Cape Cod Arts Foundation, Pops By The Sea featured artist and cover artist, Hyannis MA.
2002 Solo Exhibition at Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
2002 Powers Gallery — Group still life show.
2001 “Patrons Choice” Invitational group show at the Copley Society, Boston MA.
2000 Solo Exhibition at Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
1999 Group show of Fenway Studio Artists at Vose Galleries, Boston, MA.
1999 “New England Impressions” Invitational Group show at the Harvard Club, Boston.
1998 “New England Impressions” Invitational group show at the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA.
1997 Group Show of the R.H.Ives Gammell Atelier Students,Brockton Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
1997 Group Show of the R.H.Ives Gammell Atelier Students at the St Botolph Club, Boston, MA.
1996 Solo Exhibition at Middlesex School, Concord, MA.
The subject of an article in the Cape Cod Chronicle and Cape Cod Life Magazine
American Artist Magazine. The cover artist of the April, 2005 issue and the subject of the article written by Linda S. Price.
The Boston School book published by Blue Tree Press in association with an exhibition at The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH. Cover artist.
The Boston Bar Journal cover artist for many issues including
American Art Review. Included in many articles including the Students Of Robert Douglas Hunter article 2018,
American Art Collector — Artist Focus — October 2013
American Art Collector. Included in several articles including the review of the Tree’s Place show “Precise and Painterly”. July 2015, issue 117.
The Guild Of Boston Artists — elected member.
Powers Gallery, Acton, MA.
Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA.
Bonita Gallery, Portsmouth, NH.
The Copley Society Of Art — Copley Master.
Bayview Gallery, Brunswick, ME.
Patricia Hutton Gallery, Doylestown, PA.
American Society of Marine Artists
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.
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.