Change is one of the best things about hair salon life. Someone's always going longer or shorter or darker or lighter, and there's always something new that's happening to discuss. Our clients walk in and leave feeling new and fresh. It's a good feeling.
But what I'm really getting at here is the change that is about to happen to Seagull Salon itself: after many happy years, we are retiring our beloved Nolan Hendrickson painting! While it will be sad to see an iconic part of the salon go, Seagull has always prided itself on showcasing different NYC artists we respect/admire. And with that said I would like to introduce our newest artist, Sam McKinniss.
I met Sam about a couple years ago---I forget how!---but quickly became intrigued. Sam's got this certain chic and old-soul personality mixed with something else I can't ever quite put my finger on but that keeps paying attention. And his art is a beautiful extension of that. And seeing that art in person is even more impressive.
Recently I got the chance to come down to his Financial District studio to check out his work in person and ask him about his art and process. I'm forever interested in an artist's process, and it was awesome to see all the work together and his mood boards.
The world Sam is creating is dark but sexy. It's got a sense of humor, too. As Sam explained it to me, he works in a "sexed space of libidinal, death-bound drama." Recurring are themes of "libido, style, romance and friendship" characterized by "future danger, risk." There's a definite vibe of living in the moment despite the consequences or threats---whatever those might be. The glow stick paintings were the first thing to catch my eye when I discovered Sam's work, and I was thrilled to see them in real life. The tenebristic quality of the glow sticks, which act as the light source for these works, is a very smart touch that modernizes the work yet clearly displays a knowledge and appreciation of classic art.
And Sam's a fan of the classics, as you can see from this beautiful portrait of Angela Lansbury. (I can't tell you how many times have I heard "Have you seen Sam McKinniss' Angela Lansbury painting?")
Also noteworth is Sam's ghost series: fun representations of death.
Clearly Sam is an artist with a vision and bright future. Seagull is very excited for our own Sam McKinniss piece to proudly display in the salon. We hope you guys enjoy it just as much as we do.