Sam Coates, aka ZAMI has not needed much more than a sketchpad and a pencil to make magic come to life since childhood. Graphic designer by day, artist by night , ZAMI (Sam's alias), derives from all his abstract ideas that are turned in to his reality.
Sam's work is a curation of the world and how it is perceived through his eyes. He can be found creating in his converted attic, often sketching objects on a drafting machine. Using his preferred materials of black Indian ink, raw canvas and graphite paint brushes.
Pulling most of his inspiration from sound design, you will rarely find Sam creating art in silence. Listening to artists like Mika Vainio and Autechre not only generates peace in his mind, but it also adds depth to his own art. Another form of inspiration comes from architecture. Specifically, brutalist architecture which draws on imagery from World War 2.
When not dreaming about collaborating on an installation, you can find Sam watching early films of Shinya Tsukamoto (director of the cult classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man).