Samantha Wall

Born in Seoul, Korea, Samantha Wall received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is represented by Russo/ Lee Gallery (Portland) and K. Imperial Fine Art (San Francisco). She is a 2015 Hallie Ford Foundation Fellow  and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and residency recipient.  Her work is in many collections (including the Portland Art Museum) and has been exhibited in the Hangram Art Museum (Seoul), Whatcom Museum (Bellingham), Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Salem), and Städelschule (Frankfurt).  Her drawings and prints, nearly exclusively black and white works on paper in graphite and ink, focus on the multiracial female figure (and self portrait) in various expressive and naturalistic permutations, often combining accuracy and accident.  The artist writes: “It’s difficult to talk about multiraciality with individuals who can’t understand our perspective. It’s not as simple as being part this and part that, our identities can’t be so easily divided. But art is a language that lends itself to communicating experiences too difficult to comprehend through words alone.”