Samuel Xun (b. 1994 Singapore) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore. His practice explores emblems of culture and identity, often centred around themes of emotion, cognition, and aestheticism. His work includes sculpture, installation, and textile compositions, informed by film, culture, and personal narratives.
Xun’s oeuvre cross-references the hegemonic framework of alternative identity within the national rhetoric and world-at-large, filtered through the lens of lived experiences and the psychoanalysis of self. His characteristically ornamented surfaces are governed by a deep connection to the process of making, often taking the form of abstract, open-ended visual systems. Positing the use of colour, texture, and text as a means to convey humanistic resolutions to social discourse, his works subject the viewer to reflect upon their social condition, and to question their own motivations towards personal identity. Ultimately, Samuel is interested in how art can provide catharsis, facilitate empathy, preserve culture, and foster better interaction in a digital society.
Samuel’s artistic practice merges sensibilities from different facets of his life. Having graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, he also holds a BA in Fashion Design & Textiles. His recent exhibitions include a solo I’m Exhausted, Where is He?, Art Agenda, Singapore (2022), and group exhibitions State of Play, Richard Koh Fine Arts, Singapore (2022), Veneer & Visage, Supper House, Singapore (2022), It’s my party & I’ll cry if I want to, The Projector, Singapore (2022), Dress/Address, Grey Projects, Singapore (2021), and only losers left alive, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2021). Xun and his work have also been published in VOGUE, The Straits Times, ELLE, Female, L’OFFICIEL, MU/SE, MEGA, Nüyou (女友), and Mensfolio.
2022 – I’m Exhausted, Where is He?
Art & Market, Art Agenda, Singapore
2022 – State of Play
Richard Koh Fine Arts, Singapore
2022 – Veneer & Visage
Supper House, Singapore
2022 – It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, you would cry too if it happened to you (SAW 2022)
The Projector, Singapore
2021 – Dress/Address
Grey Projects, Singapore
2021 – only losers left alive (love songs for the end of the world)
Yeo Workshop, Singapore
2021 – Creative Unions (SAW 2021)
2020 – The Foot Beneath the Flower
NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore