Sam Allerton is a conceptual sculptor living in Franschhoek, outside of Cape Town where he has a home and a studio. He studied at Ampleforth College in England and the Slade in London before returning to South Africa to do a degree in sculpture at the prestigious Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT where he was awarded a BAFA degree in sculpture with distinction. As an undergraduate he was awarded the Irma Stern bursary as well as remaining on the Dean’s Merit list throughout his studies. He has worked full time as a sculptor predominantly creating works for private collectors both locally and abroad.
Sam is strongly influenced by nature and the fate of the environment and his works exude a powerful primitive source that is timeless.
In all of Samuel’s work there is most often a direct reference to man’s relationship with nature – he either openly pays homage to nature or fights for its cause through social commentary by highlighting man’s horrific abuse and neglect. By alerting the traditional figure, he creates a dramatic feeling and shift in perception.
With all that been said, these compact bronze figures are more than a visually pleasing experience.