Sam Vokey, born 1963, educated at Bowdoin College, and subsequently at the R.H. Ives Gammell Studio in Boston from 1989-1994. While at the Gammell Studio, Vokey worked privately with two of the senior Boston School artists, Robert Cormier and Robert Douglas Hunter. The classic atelier training he received during this period, with its emphasis on working directly from life and in natural light, is at the center of his painting style.
Vokey's oils, whether still lifes or landscapes, constantly explore highly sophisticated balances both of overall composition, and of light and dark values within the composition. As with the style of his Boston School predecessors who had admired and emulated simultaneously both French Salon painting and French Impressionism, Vokey's technique crosses Realism with some of the softer edges and painterly qualities of Impressionism. To his technical skill, Vokey adds a fine eye for subject matter in the production of his astonishingly mature, sophisticated, and beautiful paintings.
Vokey has been designated a Copley Artist, and is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists. He was recently awarded both the Tarbell Award and the R.H. Ives Gammell Award. He was the cover artist for American Artist Magazine, April 2005. He has had several solo exhibitions at Tree's Place and another at the Copley Society of Boston. In addition, Vokey has been in group shows including Boston's St. Botolph Club (1990), the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts (1991), and Tree's Place (1996). His work has been featured in several nationwide publications and is included in major private and public collections, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Merrill Lynch, Bank of Boston, Henry Kravis, and former Presidents of both Ireland and Uruguay.
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