* Margarita Sampson | Stanley Street Gallery

* Margarita Sampson

* Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

Margarita Sampson’s work carries the indelible impression that sea forms made on the artist as a young child on Norfolk Island. Forms are soft: they multiply, colonise spaces, change and warp. They droop and split, leaving cavities and supporting structures in a state of un-becoming, re-assessment, compromise. Colours are languorous, decadent, overblown, lolly. Underwater, terrestrial & cellular structures have become melded in a polysensual amalgam of built and grown environments.

Studying at COFA ( B.A Vis Art 1990, MA Vis Art 1992) as a painter, Sampson turned to sculpture in 1997 with the advent of the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea in that year. Finding that sculpture suited her desire to engage with the body on a more visceral level, the artist began working initially in large scale textile installations, going on to become the second woman “Decade Club’ member for Sculpture by the Sea in 2016 . More recent outdoor works in wood, steel & fibreglass have been exhibited at Barangaroo in 2016 and Floriade & Eden Unearthed in 2017 as well as Sculpture by the Sea.

Following her return to Sydney in 2011 after many years overseas, the artist embarked on her successful ‘Infectious Desires’ series, situating textile growths upon compromised gilded chairs and investigating luxury, ecological collapse & the body politic. Pieces from this series garnered international attention & won the Object section of the Waterhouse Art Prize in 2012, were exhibited in a solo show at Stanley Street Gallery in 2015 & selected for the Wynne Prize in 2013, the Blake Prize in 2015 & the Wangaratta Textile Award in 2017. New works in the “ Home & Contents’ series incorporate robotics and soft sculpture, as works negotiate interior spaces, each other and ourselves, looking for love and connection in a fragmented world. Sampson’s next solo exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery will be October 2018, with sculpture and jewellery work currently available from the stock room or upon enquiry.



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Click Here Infectious Desires 25th Feb – 14th March 2015 to View Exhibition



Limited edition of giglee prints of the work in collaboration with photographer John McRae.



1991- BA (Visual Arts) COFA, UNSW. Australia.

1993- Master of Arts (Vis Arts, Painting), COFA, UNSW. Australia.


Selected Exhibitions

2000- Solo show “Swell” Pcl Exhibitionists, Sydney. Biennale d’art Contemporain de Noumea . VIIIth Pacific Arts Festival, New Caledonia.

2001- Guest Artist, Oklahoma Arts Festival, USA. ‘The Botanic Realm’ group show, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

2002-‘ Circadia’ Solo show, Pcl Exhibitionists, Sydney.   “Sculpture in the City” Martin Place, Sydney .

2003- ‘Sculpture 2003’ Sculpture+, Group Show, Pcl Exhibitionists. 'Art Of Flowers', Old Government House, Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

2004 – South Pacific Arts Festival 2004, Contemporary Art in the Pacific, Palau.

2006- Solo Weaving Exhibition “Taking Care of Business” with Craft Victoria, Melbourne. Curator: “Daa Plait fe Ucklun” Craft Victoria.

2008 – Pacific Arts Festival, American. Samoa . “We Love3D”- Sydney Opera House. Explorations -Gaffa Gallery (Jewelery)

2012- MasterClass exhibition, Jemposium, Wellington.

2014 - ‘Danger Will Robinson’ Airspace, Sydney.


Juried Competitions, Awards.

1997- 2001 inclusive, Finalist, Sculpture by the Sea.

1998- ‘People’s Choice Prize’, Sculpture by the Sea.

1999- Runner up, Tactile Art Prize. 2001 - Finalist, Roche Art Prize. Finalist, Contemporary Wearables Art Prize.(Jewelery).

2006- Sculpture by the Sea Guest Artist

2009- Sculpture by the Sea Finalist.

2010 -Churchill Fellowship , Investigations in Contemporary Jewelery ( travel to France, Netherlands,United Kingdom, Australia) .

2011- “Andrea Stretton Memorial Prize” Sculpture by the Sea.

2012- Guest Artist-Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe.

2012- Section Winner:( Sculpture & Objects)- Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. 2012- Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize.

2013- Finalist, Wynne Prize, AGNSW. 2013- Finalist, Willoughby Sculpture Award

2014 –Sculpture by the Sea Finalist



2011 Artist in residence WA Central Institute Technology.

2013-2014 12 month residency with A.R.P, Sydney.



June 2013   Design People ' Alphabeto di Marea' , Architecture Digest Italy

June 2012   ABC News 'Waterhouse Prize winners.'. November 2011 'Rocky Start for Unveiling of Mysterious Sea Creatures ' Sydney Morning Herald. February,

2000 'Sexy Sculpture? Swell!' review, SMH Metro, Sebastian Smee.

October 1998 'Sculptures in the Sand' Sydney Morning Herald



Ray Hemadranda , Chunghi Choo Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces, ed, Lark Books USA 2013 ISBN 978-1454703525 . Marthe Le Ven, Bruce Metcalf Showcase: 500 Rings, ed, Lark Books USA 2012. ISBN 978-1454702887 . Chris Bates, Megan Booth & Sean O'Keefe Making Art Connections 'Working with Landscape' Chapter 16, McGraw-Hill ISBN Australia 2011. ISBN 978-0070281592. 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art, ed, Lark Books USA 2006 ISBN 978-1579907310 . Sculpture by the Sea, the First Fifteen Years 1997-2011. ed, Sculpture by the Sea Inc Australia 9781876624187