Born 1964, Isle of Lewis
Trained at Camberwell School of Art BA(Hons), London
Brought up on Lewis and later Orkney, MacDonald’s work is understandably marine based. Working with age old metal work techniques, he strives to produce contemporary and unique pieces of art. His artistic endeavour is to observe and capture fleeting moments of nature, from the calm and tension before a trout strikes to the pure excitements of the sudden, synchronised turn of a mass herring shoal. The result is the expression of an emotional response to something very private, a moment shared between human and nature, suggesting a balance and a suspension, using the brooding colours of the background to saturate the work with a contemplative stillness.
The move from Orkney to Perthshire brought with it a new dimension to Sam’s work. The influence of the move can be seen in the inclusion of trees, insects and birds, which give his pieces a sense of time and season.
2000 Fish, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
2001 Fish, The Weem Gallery, Pittenweem, Fife
2002 Depth, The Orkney Museum, Kirkwall
2003 Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen
2003 Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
2001 Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
2006 Institute of Medical Science, Aberdeen
2008 Stornoway, Isles of Lewis
2009 P&O Azura
Sam is a member of Redspot Artist group.
2004 Maclaurin Art Gallery, Rozelle House
2005 Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
2006 Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
2010 Joint with Terence Lambert, Alexander Meddowes Fine Art Broker, Edinburgh.
2011 ‘Bars of Silver and Gold’, Alexander Meddowes Fine Art Broker, Edinburgh.
From 1983 – 2009 Group Exhibitions at various galleries, including the House of Bruar, CLA Game Fairs, Royal Scottish Academy and Wykeham Gallery.