Samantha Brown

Whether it’s with a paintbrush in her studio or a make-up brush on a film shoot – Samantha loves the creative process…. it’s all she has ever done…and all she’s ever wanted to do…

Beginning with the love of dance in her childhood she moved on to study Theatre Technologies, with a particular love for set design and make-up. On completion of her studies she worked for a set design company which led to a career in the film industry working as a stylist, make up artist and scenic painter. After gaining valuable experience in the use of chemicals and various materials in the set building process Sam began experimenting with creating her own artworks from home. Several private commissions later she became a full time artist in 1998, beginning with murals and painting of master copies for restaurants and private homes. From her first solo exhibition at Arabella Hotel in Hermanus she has never looked back. Her work is sought after and she is kept busy with commissions for private and corporate clients. She also works closely with interior designers and architects on residential and corporate projects. Her work has also sold to clients in New York, Sydney, Spain and London.

There is no pretension in Samantha’s work – it is all about the aesthetic – whether it’s expressed through her abstract pieces or figurative work, which is her great love. Based in Cape Town, she also has a home in Hartbeespoort which she can escape to should she feel the need. Movement, shape, colour and design – constant companions on her journey.

Education details:

1988: Matriculated from Damelin College – Johannesburg

1989 – 1991: Completed Diploma at Natal Technikon in Theatre Technologies.


Employment history:

1991-1993: Worked at Ulrich Binedell & associates – a set building company.

1994-1997: Joined Nautilus crew Agency and began freelancing in the film industry as a make-up artist and stylist.

1997 – Present: Full time artist

Currently exhibiting at the Lisa King Gallery at the Cape Quarter (CT), Hout Bay Gallery (CT), G2 Gallery (CT), The Red Gallery (CT), Studio Gesso (JHB), and The Bay Hotel

First solo exhibition – Arabella Hotel Hermanus – 2003

Group exhibitions – Lisa King Gallery – CT

Group exhibitions – Lindy van Niekerk – CT

Group exhibitions – Orange Cactus Art Gallery – CT

Group exhibitions – Peacock Gallery – Franschoek – CT

4 artist exhibitions – Red Gallery Steenberg and Greenpoint – CT

Solo exhibition/4 artist exhibition – Vanilla Canvas – CT

Solo exhibitions – Galerie de Lyon – CT

All artwork sold at Affordable Fair London

9 July 2010 – Group exhibition – Rust and Vrede Art Gallery

June 2010 – group exhibition – Open Art Gallery- CT


Paintings for film:

Doomsday (Bob Hoskins/Malcolm McDowell) and Amelia Earhart (with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere), Painted portrait of Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart. Filmed in SA.


Decorative work:

– Bidvest – private residence of Brian Joffe (through Origin Interiors).

– Zimbali Fairmount – Kwazulu Natal – 250 paintings for bedrooms, open areas and

Dining areas.

– Artwork for the hotel, reception area, conference room and bedrooms for the

Maropeng Conference Centre and Hotel at the Cradle of Humankind.

– Commissions for Le Franschoek Hotel, Milhof Hotel (Tamboerskloof) and the Emperor

Apartments (Sandton, JHB), Artwork for various game Lodges and guest houses.

– Artwork supplied to Protea Hotels throughout Africa.

– Artwork supplied to all Stones [pool bar franchise throughout South Africa.

– Artwork for the conference area, reception area and Doctors offices at the

Cradle Health Spa in Hartbeespoort Dam (Sept 2011)

– Dress painting featured in a private home in House and Leisure Aug 2011

– Article written about Sam and her Kimono series in Beyond Magazine (“New hot Art”)

March 2011


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