Different.. In a Really, Really Good Way: Deborah Scott

Please enjoy this oldie by goodie while I spend the next two weeks camping, packing, visiting with the mom-in-law and moving from WA to OR. See you in September!

I never fail to be blown away by the humility I find in amazingly talented artists.  When Deborah Scott contacted me after I posted in the Seattle Artists group on LinkedIn, I had no idea what I would find when I clicked on her website.  It thrills me beyond belief when an artist contacts me to be featured on Artsy Forager and I go to their website and find artwork that is fresh, unique and unlike anything I’ve seen before.  Goosebumps, ya’ll!!

This Seattle area born & bred artist began her professional life in a marketing career working for big brands like Betty Crocker and Amazon.com.  She would eventually leave the marketing world behind, pursuing art full force, immersing herself in arts education and copying the work of old masters.

Balance, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36x69

Her familiarity with image recognition and brand iconography comes through in her narrative figural work, where she employs classical compositions and perspectives juxtaposed against modern branding instantly recognizable to our 21st century eyes.

Lucky Charms, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36x60

Consumption of Innocence, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36x60

Stalemate, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36x60

Like the classical masters she studied, Deborah’s work has layers of meaning, symbols abound– some obvious, others more subversive.  But the result causes us to pause and consider, truly gaze at each work, wondering what the artist is getting at.. Is she poking fun?  Is she making a serious commentary on a topical issue?  A little bit of both?

The meaning isn’t obvious.  Though realistic in style, Deborah’s work seems abstract in meaning.  A blending of the best of both worlds, if you ask me.

Check out more of Deborah Scott’s work on her website, here.  Her work is currently on display at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA and The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles.  She hits the East Coast next year, showing at Susan Eley Fine Art in NYC.

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  • http://healingandliving.wordpress.com healingandliving

    These are all so awesome! Very refreshing, and different, but there is something vaguely familiar about them at the same time.

    Thank you not only for sharing the images, but for writing about them. Art writing is not easy, and yours is quite engaging.

    • http://artsyforager.com Lesley

      Isn’t Deborah’s work great?! I loved them from the first moment I saw them. Thank you for reading and for your compliment– I didn’t want this to be just another art blog with all pictures & no words, but wanted it to be just what you said it was– engaging! It means so much to know that the words I agonize over are doing their job. :-)

      • http://healingandliving.wordpress.com healingandliving

        They really are!

        And yes, the work just has a way of immediately grabbing one’s attention. the images are just compelling. Great stuff!

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