SCOTT THOMLINSON

Born in 1971 in Shepparton, Victoria. Scott’s art career started at a very early age, drawing reproductions of Sydney Nolan’s Ned Kelly on the living room floor.
 
At primary school, he continued to refine his artistic skills, drawing dinosaurs and daleks on the classroom blackboard during lunch time (much to the delight of fellow students and the displeasure of his teachers).
 
In high school, Scott chose fine art, photography and design as his elective subjects, a happy by-product of which was the need to discontinue his study of maths and science.
 
After Year 12, he moved to Sydney, however unfortunately not in sufficient time to enrol in his preferred tertiary art course.
 
Not to be deterred, Scott pursued a career in advertising where he spent the next thirty years as a finished artist, illustrator, designer, art director, copywriter, creative director and agency owner.
 
After achieving all he had set out to achieve in advertising, it was time for a change.
 
Scott turned his hand to the one thing that had preoccupied his mind for most of his life in one form or another - creating the art he wanted to create.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I guess I would call myself a minimalist painter at heart. Unfortunately the minimalism only extends to the canvas. The studio is usually a complete disaster after a full day painting.

 

Unlike most painters, my paintings don’t hold any deep significant meaning. They are simply an exploration of colour, composition and application, with the single objective of engaging a viewer to make up their own minds about the work.

Although I have been counseled to stick to a single style, I find myself painting 2 or 3 paintings in a particular style then trying something new or switching back to a previous style. For me, it keeps things fresh and pushes me creatively.I love the physical nature of being a painter. You're never still. Whether it's stretching canvases, flailing away with a brush or building frames to finish a piece off, you're always on the move.I have a minimalist's usual painting hero’s such as Rothko, Kelly and Twombly but am also a big fan of today's painters like Hense and Paul Kremer. Though my biggest influence would have to be my father who was a very deep thinker about art and who would religiously paint every day in his retirement. He did this purely for himself and his work was amazing. My regret is not starting earlier so I could have talked to him about what I’m doing and what I’m trying to achieve.

 

Before I go, I will leave you with this little known artists quote to ponder -

 

“A wall without art, is just a thing, holding up a roof.”

                                          Scott Thomlinson

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