Huseyin Sami

Huseyin Sami

Huseyin Sami was born in England in 1979 and currently lives and works in Sydney. His practice is an ongoing enquiry into—and rearticulation of—painting. His conceptual approach distills painting conventions, granting new and unpredictable potential to its distinct agents. In his pursuit of material independence, Sami relinquishes artistic agency and embraces the element of chance. Sami's invented painting apparatus, called 'painting machines', extend the time and space between himself and painting in order to invite uncontrolled and natural circumstances into the process. These inventions include tiered constructions through which paint passes before arriving on the surface and hyper-extended paint brushes used to mark distant surfaces. Sami often conducts live performances from which paintings are produced, also. 

Sami received a Bachelor of Visual Arts with with First Class Honours from Sydney College of the Arts in 2000, and a Master of Visual Arts from the same institution in 2003. He has exhibited internationally in major exhibitions including Equal Area, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2018); Superposition of Three Types, Artspace, Sydney (2017); Shut Up and Paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016); Vivid, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2016); and Primavera, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004). His work is held in public and private collections internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Selected works

    Untitled (WP)

    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled (WP) 2018

    Untitled (silver on silver)

    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled (silver on silver) 2020


    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled 2021

    Untitled (WPPGB)

    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled (WPPGB) 2020

    Untitled (Black on Black) #1

    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled (Black on Black) #1 2019

    White Floor Work #2

    Huseyin Sami

    White Floor Work #2 2012


  • Silvering

    Huseyin Sami


    17 April - May 15, 2021

  • I dream in colour

    Huseyin Sami

    I dream in colour

    19 September - October 17, 2020



    Maria CruzAnthony JohnsonLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van Hek

    21 May - June 20, 2020



    Julie FragarDavid HainesLucina LaneTodd McMillanElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiKoji RyuiGemma SmithTony SchwensenJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekJustene Williams

    1 - February 29, 2020

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheOliver WagnerMaria CruzHuseyin SamiLucina LaneAnthony JohnsonTodd McMillan

    12 - September 15, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheTodd McMillanOliver WagnerHuseyin SamiJohn NixonMaria CruzDavid HainesChristopher Hanrahan

    13 - September 16, 2018

  • Untitled statement

    Huseyin Sami

    Untitled statement

    14 April - May 12, 2018

  • Good Times

    Huseyin Sami

    Good Times

    27 July - August 26, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Whispers from a band of Myth Makers

    Huseyin Sami

    Whispers from a band of Myth Makers

    15 October - November 14, 2015

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015



    Andreas Reiter Raabe & Franz WestMatthys GerberDale FrankOlivier MossetLinda Marrinon John ArmlederAnne SchneiderAndy BootRoss BlecknerHuseyin SamiDavid JollyDejan DukicErnst Caramelle

    13 February - March 14, 2015

  • The art of ending a conversation

    Huseyin Sami

    The art of ending a conversation

    11 July - August 2, 2014

  • Group Show 27

    Group Show 27

    Simon BarneyJohn NixonSandra SeligHuseyin Sami

    1 - May 31, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter WüthrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Summer


    Jamie NorthMoya McKennaMaria CruzJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanMatthys GerberKoji RyuiJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin SamiJonathan Zawada

    21 January - February 1, 2014

  • I mark you, I cancel you, I dirty you

    Huseyin Sami

    I mark you, I cancel you, I dirty you

    4 April - May 11, 2013

  • Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Jamie NorthKoji RyuiMatthys GerberTodd McMillanJustin TrendallMatt HinkleyJohn NixonHuseyin Sami

    23 March - April 21, 2012

  • O


    Andreas Reiter RaabeChristopher HanrahanDiena GeorgettiElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJan van der PloegJohn NicholsonJohn NixonJonathan ZawadaJulie FragarMatt HinkleyRon Adams

    6 - July 30, 2011

  • Prime Cuts

    Huseyin Sami

    Prime Cuts

    24 March - April 23, 2011

  • B & W

    B & W

    Matthys GerberMatt HinkleyChristopher HanrahanSimon DennyJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJustin TrendallOlivier MossetMarco FusinatoReuben KeehanJohn NixonJan van der Ploeg

    11 June - July 10, 2010

  • I wish I was a Fauve in 1905

    Huseyin Sami

    I wish I was a Fauve in 1905

    25 September - October 17, 2009

  • Dynamo Hum

    Dynamo Hum

    Christopher HanrahanKoji RyuiJulie FragarJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin Sami

    26 June - July 25, 2009

  • New Moon

    New Moon

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanMatt HinkleyElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJohn SpiteriGemma SmithJustin TrendallJonathan Zawada

    7 March - April 12, 2008

  • Sweet Days Wilderness

    Huseyin Sami

    Sweet Days Wilderness

    7 - September 29, 2007

  • Lion


    Paul BaiSimon DennyMatt Fearns Marco FusinatoJulia GormanMatt HinkleyRyan MooreJohn NicholsonRobert PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiGemma SmithJustin TrendallJan van der Ploeg

    25 May - June 30, 2007

  • Matthys Gerber

    Matthys Gerber

    Paul DonaldJulie FragarMatthys GerberAlison McGregorHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar Yanez

    19 October - November 16, 2002