Scott Lawson: “The Directness and Simplicity of Painting from Life”

Artist name: Scott Lawson

Featured Work 1: Dave, Oil on linen, 2013, 24×30″


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By only painting from direct observation, Scott Lawson commits to truly study and reveal his subjects.  This commitment results in works of sensitive realism in which the subjects’ physical weight, interaction with light and shadow, and skillfully rendered expressions have a powerful presence.

5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

Art to me is painting, drawing,and interpreting nature via the live model, from direct observation, memory, and imagination. This means no photographic references or projections, as this is information once-removed from the original subject.

2. What did you make in the past, and why?

Very much the same type of work I make today. As a teenager I primarily did surrealism, and I still hold great admiration for artists like Dali, Magritte, and De Chirico. During Art school I took some interest in Abstract Expressionism, and was looking at a lot of work by Hans Hoffman and Gerard Richter. Other than that, I have worked in my current style for the past two decades.

3. What are you making now, and why?

 The last couple of pieces as well as the one I am currently working on developing and exploiting shadow as a means of describing (not disguising) the form and giving it a special sort of power that I see in some of my favorite painters of the past such as Rembrandt and Carravagio, and present day masters such as Odd Nerdrum. As always I shoot for obtaining a painterly quality,while striving to maintain accuracy and detail.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

  That more people will see my work, and hopefully be inspired by it, that more artists will discover the directness and simplicity of painting from life, which is always challenging but equally rewarding.

5. What else would you like to say?

Market forces and consumerism have had a detrimental effect on the Arts in recent years. I don’t know if
there’s a turnaround on the horizon, but it would be great to see some sincerity again. It’s sorely needed.

Artist  Background, from his site:

Education : Bachelor of Fine  Arts,1992.Cleveland institute of art.
Further Studies: Residency  with Norwegian Painter Odd Nerdrum, 2012.

Visit Scott Lawson’s site.  He is also on Facebook.

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