By Arianna Cannarozzo
Bright, bold, and stylish. Three words I’ve been using when explaining the work of the Toronto-based visual artist, Samara Shuter. For the last five years Sam has been working towards making a mark in the art world, together with her vivid use of colour and energetic perspective, Samara has secured her spot at the top and she’s not coming down soon. Mixing her art with fashion, there’s no one else on the scene quite like her. Focusing mainly on working in large-scale paintings, Samara’s work primarily focuses on a mixture of abstract colours and men’s’ fashion.
With her work currently being displayed in multiple cities across North America, including Toronto and Los Angeles, with the addition of some big collaborations with major retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Holt Renfrew, it doesn’t seem like Sam will be slowing down anytime soon. Did we mention she designed her own colouring book?
For further insight on one of Toronto’s hottest artists, check out more pieces of Samara’s collections – which include headless works feature anything from suits, leather jackets, and army uniforms – and our exclusive interview with her down below!
When did you start creating?
I’ve always been interested in making, doodling as a kid and painting as a hobby from there. In 2012, I entered the Toronto Art Expo after being encouraged by my family and friends and sold out… I’ve been making art full time since then.
Did you have a moment where you realized “Hey, this is it, I’m an artist”?
I’ve been asked this before, but it’s hard for me to pin down a distinct moment. I’ve been extremely fortunate that every show has been more successful than the last. I’m trying to get better at appreciating my accomplishments in the moment, but I’m constantly looking forward to my next challenge and experimenting with new avenues to get my work out there.
What drew you to this style of painting and artwork?
My family’s background is in the textile industry out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. So since I was very young, I have been surrounded by pattern swatches and rolls of fabric. I’ve also been a doodler my whole life and love experimenting with colour and composition.
What inspires you to feature men’s clothing in your work?
I have always been intrigued by garments and their origins. I’m interested in the line work in the design of a suit, but I also find that it is a complex and interesting place to explore different artistic modes (colour, form, pattern, etc) and themes, whether power or societal pressure, I am honestly here to give my perspective and I have an opinion.
You had a busy last few years, from solo-exhibitions, to collaborating with Saks Fifth Avenue and the Canadian Opera Company. What are your next steps?
I’m happy to share that my work is officially featured at the timeless NEWEL, LLC in New York City. I’ve also been working on some new large-scale rock and roll inspired work that I’ll be sharing soon!
If you could do absolutely anything with your art, what would that be?
So many things… my dream is to have a massive co-working studio of creatives someday. I’ve also got some projects in the work with video and fashion.
What three artists would you consider your biggest inspirations?