Sam Branton’s works are imagined stories that emerge as if from a Victorian Opium dream. His gentle pencil drawings describe neo-classical landscapes filled with unlikely animal friendships. Lions sing with butterflies, crabs clamber over wild boar, and dolphins frolic with flamingos in a world whose Enlightenment elegance has been turned into a safari. This collision of two versions of a Grand Tour is the starting point for Sam’s fantastically surreal scenes, which sometimes go so far as to stray into confused cornucopia of animals intertwined in a bacchanalia.
Based in Oxford, UK, Sam Branton studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, graduating in 2007. He has exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, along with exhibitions in London, Basel, Stockholm and California.