Bill Scott is an American painter known for his use of animated lines and blocks of intense color to create vibrant abstractions. Showcasing works produced from 2003 through 2019, this exhibition demonstrates his status as one of America’s foremost colorists. The garden-like images Scott creates are idealized remembrances of things he has seen (or wished he had seen) in the world around him. The artist paints stylized still lifes while he contemplates objects in his studio such as a bucket of silk flowers or a droopy philodendron, or landscapes while he looks out of his studio window at the urban skyline. These scenes are filtered through his imagination to become energetic lines and patterns that he sets against backgrounds of overlapping rectangles of varying colors. The surfaces have differing levels of opacity and transparency, giving his paintings and prints the effect of having been collaged from different materials. Throughout his career, Scott has transformed the objects that he sees in his studio into vivid garden-like images that exude the pure joy of painting.
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IMAGE: Bill Scott (American, born 1956), A Garden in the Studio, 2017, oil on canvas, 42 x 32 inches, private collection