We are clowns - Adlane Samet - Over the Influence

July 15, 2023 / August 27, 2023

We Are Clowns

Adlane Samet

833 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 6

Over the Influence, Los Angeles, is pleased to present We are Clowns, Adlane Samet’s first exhibition with the gallery and his second exhibition with Over the Influence worldwide.

Adlane Samet’s artistic style is reminiscent of the expressive and raw art movements of Expressionism and Art Brut. With a delicate balance between aggression and sensitivity, his brushstrokes convey the tumultuous emotions that lie beneath the vibrant colors and captivating compositions. Drawing inspiration from the uninhibited drawings of children, Samet embraces a spontaneous approach, liberating himself from the confines of academic realism and shedding the burdensome weight of adulthood.

We are Clowns symbolizes the grand circus of the modern world, where reality unfolds as an awe-inspiring spectacle of continuous performances and acts. Step into the planetary circus, a captivating realm where the extraordinary and the absurd blend harmoniously to present a fascinating and unconventional show. The clowns, as the actors of this existence, embrace a daily mask to confront the ordinary. Behind this facade, they conceal their sorrows, fears, and wounds, fully immersing themselves in the art of clowning. It is this particular aspect of the clown persona that captivates Adlane in his craft. From the daring tightrope walkers to the unpredictable jack-in-the-box, he plunges into a vibrant universe, becoming puppeteers who give voice to these characters. His objective is to delve as deeply as possible into the human hypocrisy hidden behind the clown’s mask. He is the clown who paints with a palette of colors, all the while concealing his own wounds.


Adlane Samet

Adlane Samet, born in Algeria in 1989, is an expressionist painter based in France. Samet completed his education in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, where he also studied at the School of Fine Arts. Samet defines himself as a painter of instinctive moments. His work shows affinities with the movement of free Expressionism and Art Brut movements. Structured by an incisive, sometimes sensitive but at other times aggressive stroke, Adlane paints in acrylics but makes room for the purity of the medium with its transparency and bright color variations.