Scott Bauer Abstract Artist

May 20, 2020

Scott Bauer Abstract Artist

Scott Bauer

A thoughtful and quietly spoken artist, Scott Bauer’s polite manner is the perfect reflection of a series of accomplished original acrylic works with pristine painted stripes as their signature structure. A genre named by the artist as linear formalism, the term conjures thoughts of complex algebraic formulas, a mindset far away from the freedom of creative imagination. Using fragments of memory along with his perception of the world, the artist distills light and colour into stunningly rendered stripes. Waved, faded and pure, the outcome are pieces both calmly meditative and excitingly vivid. Wyecliffe Galleries are privileged to share an insight in to the mind of this emerging artist.

“Structurally I took inspiration from deficit interiors; broken plaster board exposing wooden beams, in keeping with the industrial aspect that influence a lot of the work. I then started to think about opposing ideas - ‘new and old’ and ‘life and death’ were the original working titles and this is where the theme developed,"
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... strewn across the plaster and firmly in the foreground is chaotic life and messy interpretations. The pop culture references are deliberately ambiguous and even random with some much darker ones too. I liked the idea of contrasting this against the palette background in something a bit more zen, clean, golden and rich”


A Perceptible Style


Presenting us with an in-depth view of a bespoke collection of four works exclusively produced for our galleries, the series neatly brings together mediums and materials that inform his process. Articulating a love of music, many of Bauers’ works have become living, breathing interpretations of frequency and sound. Seemingly innocent patterns, the carefully constructed compositions are designed to reach and inspire the eye rather the ear. Enjoying the dichotomy that every painting is in fact an illusion, the artist re-purposes the quality of two dimensions and creates works that appear to gently oscillate, reminiscent of acoustic waves.

Building upon his highly attuned perception, Bauer seeks to understand the environment around him, beyond his homeland of USA. Now based in London, the artist utilises his travels across Europe to convey light as it travels across the sky. Re-imagining the colour of daylight through a prism results in spectacular works of sunshine yellow and mulberry purple.

"In my most recent works I have introduced a more persistent energy in the compositions, a kind of push-and-pull force, by shifting the starting point of lines of colour from the top to the base of a composition and back again. Sometimes I liken this to depicting stylised waterfalls of colour, or sound-waves vibrating across the surface of the canvas."

Scott Bauer Interview – February 2020

Process and Expression in New Works, February 2020


"There is also a more deliberate connection with an expressive form of abstraction; the lines in my work are more modulated in colour and tone to create a more liberated composition. There is still a formalist underpinning in my work, but the contrast between the formal and expressive is present throughout the work. I still use a meticulous process to build up the painted surface, blocking in colour first, and then diminishing the width of lines until the surface vibrates with hundreds of bands of colour. However, there are now spaces of relative quiet, where the eye can pause, like fleeting moments of silence in music. The colour in my work is still very much inspired by what I see in nature and works like The Colour of Memory and Biarritz are an attempt to make order out of a specific memory, a specific moment in time."

A thoughtful and quietly spoken artist, Scott Bauer’s polite manner is the perfect reflection of a series of accomplished original acrylic works with pristine painted stripes as their signature structure. A genre named by the artist as linear formalism, the term conjures thoughts of complex algebraic formulas, a mindset far away from the freedom of creative imagination. Using fragments of memory along with his perception of the world, the artist distills light and colour into stunningly rendered stripes. Waved, faded and pure, the outcome are pieces both calmly meditative and excitingly vivid. Wyecliffe Galleries are privileged to share an insight in to the mind of this emerging artist.


A PERCEPTIBLE STYLE


Presenting us with an in-depth view of a bespoke collection of four works exclusively produced for our galleries, the series neatly brings together mediums and materials that inform his process. Articulating a love of music, many of Bauers’ works have become living, breathing interpretations of frequency and sound. Seemingly innocent patterns, the carefully constructed compositions are designed to reach and inspire the eye rather the ear. Enjoying the dichotomy that every painting is in fact an illusion, the artist re-purposes the quality of two dimensions and creates works that appear to gently oscillate, reminiscent of acoustic waves.

Building upon his highly attuned perception, Bauer seeks to understand the environment around him, beyond his homeland of USA. Now based in London, the artist utilises his travels across Europe to convey light as it travels across the sky. Re-imagining the colour of daylight through a prism results in spectacular works of sunshine yellow and mulberry purple.

"In my most recent works I have introduced a more persistent energy in the compositions, a kind of push-and-pull force, by shifting the starting point of lines of colour from the top to the base of a composition and back again. Sometimes I liken this to depicting stylised waterfalls of colour, or sound-waves vibrating across the surface of the canvas."

Scott Bauer Interview – February 2020


Process & Expression in New Works, February 2020


Amylee’s colours seduce the viewer and her paintings are now represented in galleries and exhibitions of contemporary art in Europe, New York, Singapore and Minsk. Her paintings now dress the walls of several Parisian galleries as well as prestigious hotels. Her work is widely represented at art fairs and exhibitions in France. Amylee Portraits is influenced by pattern, both from the 70's and modern Couture, but also from the great masters of painting that she studied at University.


"The colour harmony in this painting has been inspired, like so many of my works, by nature. During the summer holidays with my family in the South of France, I spent most evenings looking at some stunning sunsets over the Atlantic. The complexity and nuances of these chromatic events inspired the many colours that make up this work. When you look at a blazing sunset over the ocean there are mind-boggling variations of colour and tone underpinning the overall palette; Biarritz is an attempt to capture these nuances and delineate them line by line in a harmonic pattern."

"I used the music of Dave Brubeck, specifically his Blue Rondo à la Turk, as the departure point for the rhythm of lines in Blue Ballad. The colour harmony of deep cobalt and cerulean paired with thin lines of gold creates its own subtle vibrations, something I find almost musical. The literal fading away of this formal rhythm into the ground of the canvas creates an opposing rhythm that I sometimes liken to sound waves or notes dancing over a piece of sheet music."

"If nature is the biggest inspiration for my work, music is a very close second. Here the pattern of separate, delineated lines of colour form a chromatic harmony that I liken to something almost musical. The term ‘portamento’ refers to a technique in music where individual notes are blurred or blended. At a certain distance or from an angle, the lines of colour coalesce and blend in bands across the canvas."

"In my most recent works I have introduced a more persistent energy in the compositions, a kind of push-and-pull force, by shifting the starting point of lines of colour from the top to the base of a composition and back again. Sometimes I liken this to depicting stylised waterfalls of colour, or soundwaves vibrating across the surface of the canvas. The title of this work reflects the way I embark on a picture; taking a snapshot of memory and giving it an alternate visualisation with paint."


A GROWING PORTFOLIO


A creator who sets himself apart from other passionate artists, rather than going for an 'all out' approach, Scott Bauer adds a distinct value that characterises the most elegant structure, playing with bold colour and soft faded lines. As such, Wyecliffe are always pleased to welcome Scott's new body of artworks that become more detailed, more courageous in outcome every time. Scott's eloquent linear structure continues to improve his original paintings and growing portfolio, whilst simultaneously adding personality to collectors’ homes.


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Biarritz - 2019 - Oil and acrylic on canvas - 100 cm - GBP 1,200


"The colour harmony in this painting has been inspired, like so many of my works, by nature. During the summer holidays with my family in the South of France, I spent most evenings looking at some stunning sunsets over the Atlantic. The complexity and nuances of these chromatic events inspired the many colours that make up this work. When you look at a blazing sunset over the ocean there are mind-boggling variations of colour and tone underpinning the overall palette; Biarritz is an attempt to capture these nuances and delineate them line by line in a harmonic pattern."

Blue Ballad - 2018-19 - Oil and acrylic on canvas - 122 x 91 cm - GBP 1,200


"I used the music of Dave Brubeck, specifically his Blue Rondo à la Turk, as the departure point for the rhythm of lines in Blue Ballad. The colour harmony of deep cobalt and cerulean paired with thin lines of gold creates its own subtle vibrations, something I find almost musical. The literal fading away of this formal rhythm into the ground of the canvas creates an opposing rhythm that I sometimes liken to sound waves or notes dancing over a piece of sheet music."

Portamento - 2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 100 cm - GBP 1,200


"If nature is the biggest inspiration for my work, music is a very close second. Here the pattern of separate, delineated lines of colour form a chromatic harmony that I liken to something almost musical. The term ‘portamento’ refers to a technique in music where individual notes are blurred or blended. At a certain distance or from an angle, the lines of colour coalesce and blend in bands across the canvas."

The Colour of Memory - 2019-20 - Acrylic on canvas – 92 x 152 cm - GBP 1,895 - SOLD


"In my most recent works I have introduced a more persistent energy in the compositions, a kind of push-and-pull force, by shifting the starting point of lines of colour from the top to the base of a composition and back again. Sometimes I liken this to depicting stylised waterfalls of colour, or soundwaves vibrating across the surface of the canvas. The title of this work reflects the way I embark on a picture; taking a snapshot of memory and giving it an alternate visualisation with paint."

A Growing Portfolio


A creator who sets himself apart from other passionate artists, rather than going for an 'all out' approach, Scott Bauer adds a distinct value that characterises the most elegant structure, playing with bold colour and soft faded lines. As such, Wyecliffe are always pleased to welcome Scott's new body of artworks that become more detailed, more courageous in outcome every time. Scott's eloquent linear structure continues to improve his original paintings and growing portfolio, whilst simultaneously adding personality to collectors’ homes.

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