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Name: Scott Naismith


“My recent work now becomes more involved with cloud cover and its effect on light and colour through both its translucent and opaque properties. Clouds are visible masses of water droplets or frozen ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere . They have the ability to refract and reflect, creating an ever changing perception of light which inspires my use of colour.

I am constantly referring to the  paradox of a cloud’s perceived weight and its fragility and the relationship between the cool and warm colours created by it. I have become increasingly interested in catching the moment when heavy overcast clears to reveal clear blue sky, a cool colour that complements the warmth it brings. While the most obvious manifestation of light refraction at this time would occur in the form of a rainbow, I will be concerned with accentuating the infinite, more subtle effects.”

Scott’s unique approach to colour identifies the importance and accuracy of the CMY colour wheel and the truth about magenta, cyan and yellow as being the correct primary colours of painting. Scott illustrates this theory through his popular, ground breaking YouTube video ‘The Truth About the Colour Wheel’

“I find myself inspired increasingly by the works of Turner, who created ephemeral atmospheric effects using large washes of liquid paint. Other influences include Henry Matisse, Francis Cadell, Glasgow boys: Guthrie Lavery, Henry… and Joan Eardley.”

Since graduating in 2000 from Duncan of Jordanstone with a Bdes Illustration and Printmaking, Scott has been painting from his studio in Glasgow. Since 2003 Scott has also been a part time lecturer at the Creative Arts Department of Reid Kerr College, Paisley (now West College Scotland).

Scott uses vivid colours in a vigorous application to represent the fast changing light conditions of the West coast of Scotland. His recent work concentrates on transitional skies and the many colours involved when light breaks through cloud. These changing skies from dark to light are a metaphor for optimism and hope. After a miraculous recovery from cancer by his father, recent marriage and birth of his 2 children, Arran and Sophie Scott draws upon a great positivity and energy. This manifests itself in ethereal, spiritual sky studies.

In 2012, Scott’s work was displayed on screens in Times Square, New York in an exhibition titled ‘Art Takes Times Square’ following a global online voting system.

Recent success has seen Scott’s work reach a worldwide audience through his 12 000 youtube subscribers and a total view count exceeding 1.5 million views. In 2014 one painting was purchased for the collection of the BMA (British Medical Association), was winner of the Arnold Clark Award at the PAI and his work reached the USA through Gallery 13, Downtown Minneapolis.

Available Works from Scott Naismith