Bio: Art Education
San Francisco City College with Glen Moriwaki and Verity Dierauf.
The International School of Art (Italy) with; Nicolas Carone, Gregory Amenoff, Roberto Caracciolo, Dan Gustin, and John Lees.
Santa Fe Art Institute with Gregory Amenoff, Sam Scott, Joseph Piasentin, Michael Wright, and Woody/Steina Vasulka.
Artist Assistant in Residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute/ Inaugural session summer of 1999
Linda Boyce Supervisor- 505-424-8032
Gregory Amenoff 212-465-8045
Donald Sultan 212-431-8784
Nicolas Carone 212-242-6431 Deceased 2010
Debora Masters 718-599-3185
Sam Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
“Pushing the Envelope” Acrylic Visions/San Francisco City College 4/97
Gallery at the International School of Art. Monte Castello, Italy 6/97
Focus Gallery San Francisco, 1/98-2/98 First painter ever invited to show at this fine art photo gallery's year end retrospective
International School of Art, one painting is part of the permanent traveling collection
Santa Fe Art Institute, works in the permanent collection.
Permanent installation, Behavioral Therapy Clinic San Francisco, CA / Dr. L Sheilds - Chief Clinical Psychiatrist
Part of the organizing team that presented and participated in “Art for Air Benefit” Parkers Box Brooklyn, NY 5/10/2001 Raised over 30K
“Spread My Soul”/ The Julia White Project/Book July 02 Santa Fe, NM
“Winter Show” 02/03 3Bow Thais Brooklyn, NY Dec 02-Mar 03
“Love Art & War” Emerging Arts.com Altman Building Chelsea, NYC Feb 2003
“Last Call” Right Bank Brooklyn, NYC March 15/30 2003
“110 Small Watercolors” Oct 00 through Jan 01 Amarin Brooklyn, NYC
“New Work” June 02 through Dec 02 3 Bow Thais Brooklyn NY
“Over the Underworld” Tales from Costa Rica 2008/2009 9-1-09 through 10-15-09 Exotica Ohochal Costa Rica
Current 2011 Work and Project Proposal
This work comes from my current 3 year residency in the South Pacific rainforest of Costa Rica. I privately funded the residency.
I have titled the series "Overlooking the Underworld...Tales from the Costa Rican Rainforest”
I began by hiking/wandering through the jungle, collecting rain water for my medium. I then put down small watercolor sketches while trying to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible and document the dynamic movement of life in the rainforest. I took these sketches back to my studio, and through abstraction created this series of small watercolors. I wound up with about 150 pieces. After editing, I have 19 works I’d like to expand.
My plan is to return to the San Francisco Bay area, rent a studio and using these small sketches as my catalyst start painting these visions, Big Big Big!!! I am trying to get funding for this project to cover studio space and supplies. I am using 1 year as my target for completing the project.
I hope to provide a pathway through these abstractions so others can feel and share my experience of the time I spent in the jungle. I also hope to bring the excitement and magic of the rainforest to kids through lectures at local schools. Most of the exposure children have to the jungle comes through descriptive/realistic images. As great as these images inspire them, my goal is balancing their inspiration/wonder with the magic abstraction can provide.
Previous Series Ghosts Of My Father 1998-2004
This series arose from my experience of being raised in a home tainted by the specter of mccarthyism, and of my fathers role in the New York theater. I used actual WPA documents from his plays that I downloaded and scanned from the library of Congress website creating collages from those actual and digitized images. I consider these pieces to be "Wallscapes"
In my work I am always reacting to the omnipresent clashing of two worlds (and, or view points). Old vs. new/ rough vs. smooth/ foundation and empire stuff (to borrow from Isaac Asimov) etc...Again I feel this partly comes about as a reaction to my fathers blacklisting and the effect it had on me as a child and now as a mature artist. It was a big time clash of two worlds. I also draw upon the influence of my musical and culinary background in achieving my artistic vision.
Rhythm, Nature, and Flavor have always served as my guides, and I in turn have always tried to be a good passenger.
I cannot fathom any path that does not stem from creation.