Sam Alexander Mattacott

(b. 1991, London)


My work considers how digital tools can be used to expand the vernacular of contemporary painting. Although the use of computers is central to my work, I believe it is important to incorporate human gesture, error and chance into its production – to engage directly in the visual corruption that might result when technology and subjectivity interact.  

Every action made to an object in virtual space is recorded in the form of a mathematical function, allowing for variables to be changed at any point after they are applied. Each function overlays the previous one in a sequential chain of events; making changes to an earlier point in the sequence causes later operations to become distorted – the individual history of the object altered forever.

Alien structures emerge from these gestural manipulations of geometry. In turn these are used to generate new forms that, although visually unrelated, are nearly mathematically identical. I choose to render these objects in vivid colours to mimic the diffuse appearance of pigment. I like the velvety texture this creates and the reference to physical softness and sensuality.

Smooth, organic-looking forms appear simultaneously as landscape, life form and formal abstraction. Rendered with plausible simulations of light they gain a texture and shape that evokes the impression of a found object.


2019 Group Show, Godfather Too, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough UK
2018 Monitor, Air Gallery, Manchester UK
2018 VOS #9, Virtual Open Space
2017 The Wrong Biennale,
2016 RETHink, Rethymno GR
2016 Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens GR
2016 Savannah .GIf Festival, PULSE, Savannah GA
2016 Too Long for iTunes, Fermynwoods, Norfolk UK
2015 Sonance II, University of Missouri – Kansas City
2015 A Space Between, Stone Space, London UK
2015 6 Degrees of Separation, 15 Folds, London UK
2015 .GIF Art Festival, Los Angeles CA
2015 Ende Tymes V, Brooklyn NY
2015 Tiled,
2015 Savannah .GIf Festival, PULSE, Savannah GA
2015 Secuencias infinitas, Espacio Byte, Argentina
2013 Transformation, Vinyl Deptford, London UK
2013 Auto-Suggestion, Lincoln
2013 BYOB Birmingham, UK
2013 Shape Modeling International, Poole, UK


2019 Digital Artists Residency January,
2019 Sketchup Residency February,
2018 Threads micro-residency, Dover, UK


2016 Too Long for iTunes, Fermynwoods Contemporary, Norfolk UK
2016 Three Keys (Silent),


2018 Penny Thoughts, Issue 5 – Cover Artist
2016 Metcalfe, Cassandra: Repurposed Magazine – Issue Three
2016 Knowles, Kitty: “Are Cats Banned?…”, The Memo
2015 Morris, Leighann: “Antonio Roberts Favourite Gifs”, Grolsch Canvas
2012-13 The Gif Connoisseur: “111”, “171”, “222” and “339”, The Gif Connoisseur