Nice, I really like his paintings, they're fantastic and they remind me of both Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele (the latter a huge inspiration for Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung, by the way). Sam comes across as kind of cool in the video, but I'm very torn when it comes to his obsessive relationship with the whole artist myth. Part of me sort of gets inspired by him, but another part of me feels he is extremely full of himself and certainly bordering on the classic Narcissistic Embittered Artist territory. But maybe I'm just projecting dark memories of myself at the height of my unhappy artistic self. :)
Well, I see what you mean. It could be that he suffers from the 'Narcissistic Embittered Artist' syndrom, but I don't think so. From the nuances in his speach, and maybe this doesn't come across really well in the subtitles, I think we are dealing with a slightly crazy man here, in a way that Vincent van Gogh can be concidered a crazy man. He is not really bitter but somehow tormented by his own obsessive behaviour. But this is just guessing. Important thing is that we stay humble.