Jack Samels


I aim to make honest work that anyone can appreciate while still having the capacity for intellectual viewing.

I like seeing the razor mark. In the formal sense, my collages are gestural because the act of physically cutting paper for me is openly emotional, a manner of moving quick to compose visual poems.

I think of my collages as painting with found ink. I make multiple pieces at once. Very quickly, not thinking too much. Long periods of walking around feeling useless. Moments of feeling timeless and pure. Loud music. I don’t know any other way.

Please find prints + collages for sale in my shop.

Born in Morgantown, WV.
Living in Minneapolis, MN.

Last updated Feb 2019.
This website is always under construction.



  1. Interview and Feature. WePresent. August 2018.
  2. Art Feature. Format Spotlight. February 2018
  3. Art Feature. Harpers Magazine. Page 17. 2017. Print.
  4. Featured on NOICE
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  6. Featured in The Steidz Magazine Online
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  1. Low Contrast, Oxford House, Amsterdam, 2017
  2. Scope Presents: Sam Hertz and Jack Samels, Spektrum, Berlin, 2017
  3. Vessels, Wolvenstraat Bar, Amsterdam, 2017
  4. Juried Show, Rabbithole Gallery, New York, NY, 2016
  5. familiar.Caves, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI, USA, 2011

photography by Salvatore Gullifa