acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 1986-87 on the reverse
82 ins x 44 ins; 208.3 cms x 111.8 cms
Robert Scott is a modernist Saskatchewan artist who has been experimenting with the formal qualities of paint since the early 1970s. He achieves a unique mode of expression by digging through the thick layer of pigment with his fingers, arms and elbows. Scott’s dramatic and imposing “walls of paint” exude powerful, all-over gesture and tortuous rhythms. The sense of controlled chaos and the tension present in Scott’s abstractions are characteristic of the action paintings from the mid-20th century. In Gypse Run (1986) and Cesar (1986-87), the painter produces colour field compositions that amalgamate bold textures and strong chromatic contrast.
Robert Scott currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the last 40 years, he has participated in several solo and group shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Many international institutions collect his artwork such as the Catalunya Institute of Contemporary Art, Canada Council Art Bank, Glenbow Art Gallery, Triangle Artists Workshop in New York and NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale.
Time Nowlin, Robert Scott and the Big Picture, [online] http://www.sharecom.ca/scott/.
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada (Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre Ltd, Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007): 305.
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto