Artist Research:Scott Naismith

Scott Naismith is a Scottish artist, who creates stunning canvases, using vigorous application and vivid colours  to represent the fast changing light conditions of the Scottish highland. studying at Duncan Jordan stone college of Art in Dundee he left in the year 2000 with a  BDes in Illustration and printmaking.

Scott uses vivid colours in a vigorous application to represent the fast changing light conditions of the West coast of Scotland. Colour use often becomes an entirely emotional response to the subject while tone can remain representational. The love he has for his native Scottish countryside is portrayed in his work through an ebullient energy with which he handles the colour with palette knife and brush.

Scot describes his work by saying, “After 10 years of painting the Scottish landscape, 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.”


Taking Scott Naismiths use of colour and application I based my first media experiments off his works of sunsets. This is fully analysed in the post “First experiments”.


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