By
Cecilia Díaz Betz

Coming across almost magically with the work of American artist Samantha French was a sort of incredible nostalgic gift with which to satiate our visual longings by way of hyperrealist doses. Looking at it closely, one realices that we’re not looking at photographs. If we rub our eyes out of disbelief, we soon we’re not being deceived. French takes us, literally and without mercilessly, to her childhood memories through huge oils with the seabed as the main protagonist.

 If we rub our eyes out of disbelief, we soon we’re not being deceived

Suggestive images that teletransport us to those intense scorching summer days in which there’s nothing to do except for diving into the water over and over again. This is a series of subaquatic portraits showing different characters inside and outside the water, enjoying those so pleasurable summer moments. Samantha French describes her paintings as “these paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake”. Born and raised in north central Minnesota, Samantha French’s series is inspired by her own reflections and memories of her childhood summers spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota. She’s currently living and working in Brooklyn. French actively exhibits her paintings and is included in many private and public collections throughout the country while her work has garnered extensive international and national press. She is a full-time painter and keeps a studio in Brooklyn, New York.

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See her full portfolio here.