Samara Marlee Shuter (b. 1986) is a contemporary Canadian artist known for her strikingly bold paintings of men’s suits. Born in Montreal, Shuter is an untrained artist who began her career in the film industry. She attended film school in Toronto and created artwork as a hobby; but in 2012, she exhibited her burgeoning body of work into the Toronto Art Expo. She has since staged multiple solo exhibitions of her work, participated in numerous group exhibitions, and donated her work to major public institutions and charities. Her work has been showcased throughout Canada and the United States at such esteemed sites as the Rockefeller Center in NY and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has been sought out by Facebook, Timberland Shoes, and the Toronto International Film Festival for special projects featuring her art.
Shuter allows her past experiences to inform her artwork: the bold colours and graphic patterns for which Shuter is renowned are largely inspired by the artist’s family roots in the textile industry. Her work is largely inspired by her explorations of the “suit,” and themes of nostalgia, belonging, and life fighting death. Shuter currently lives and works in Toronto.