Statement: This river that is such an important part of our lives, whether we realize it or not, has a life of its own. Below the surface, it teams with life. The hellgrammite, like a tiny mythical beast, lives and hunts the riverbed. Dependent on clean water, their presence is a welcome sign. Then a transformation occurs and the great megalopterous dobsonfly takes wing.
Samuel Oak Tippett is a life-long craftsman, self-taught artist, and grower of squash and beans. His collection is an eclectic and wide range of figurative imagery from nature and rural culture. Currently painting in acrylic on board and maps, he has dabbled in inks, oils, metals and other media. Finding inspiration in the oddest of places and sounds, he is influenced by the beauty in mundane details. He was born in Croton, NJ, a slice of misplaced Appalachia, where he grew up with his artistic family of outsiders. Ingenuity was a way of life and eccentricity pervaded every space. His work is both surreal and uncanny but honest, and unpretentious, conveying a generosity of spirit. His reticence belies a gift for raw humor and openness that surfaces in his work. Sam loves long-haired kitties and lives with his family in Frenchtown, NJ.
November 2018 Solo exhibition, A-Space gallery (forthcoming), New Hope PA
2017 Collective Arts exhibition, New Hope, PA
2017 Group show, Mansion Inn, New Hope, PA
2017 Tippett Crooks Tippett exhibition, New Hope, PA
2006/2016 Procreation and practical arts.
2005 “The Tippett’s Explain” exhibition, Malcolm Bray gallery, Lambertville, NJ
2003-2005 Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery, Lambertville, NJ