Demonstrations at the art club always inspire me in different ways. Sometimes I go away and want to try out the medium or subject matter, other times I need to find out more about a style or artist.
After the recent fascinating demonstration by Rosemary Carter on encaustic painting with wax I was reminded of an inspiring exhibition many years ago I attended at Salford Art Gallery many years ago which showed work by an artist using wax as a medium. This memory had been logged away and forgotten until this week.
The show had been fascinating as I had never seen work using wax crayon and was amazed by the effects he had achieved.
Fortunately I still had the catalogue from the 1986 exhibition and was then able to do some research on the internet to find out more about this man.
I hadn't realised that he was a local artist or that he was so talented in several fields. It seems a shame that he isn't better known.
It shows why demonstrations and talks are well worth attending and can lead you off at a tangent and inspire different feelings and results.
Samuel (Sam) Rabin, originally Samuel Rabinovitch 1903-1991
Sam was an interesting local character listing being an: artist, sculpture, teacher. singer, wrestler and Olympic Bronze medalist.
Born in Cheetham, North Manchester his family moved to Salford where he grew up. He was encouraged to draw by his parents and at 11 years old won a scholarship to Manchester Municipal School of Art, becoming the youngest pupil ever to attend the college. Here he was taught by Adolphe Valette.
Later he went to the Slade where he studied under Henry Tonks.