Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Scott Naismith is passionate about colour and his studies of heavy water-logged clouds refracting and reflecting light are the perfect vehicle to explore this further. His thick oils in bold bright hues capture the beauty of nature, landscapes and dramatic skies come together in a controlled explosion of colour. I am constantly referring to the paradox of a cloud’s perceived weight, 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 skies clear to reveal a clear blue one, 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. I find myself inspired increasingly by the works of Turner, who created ephemeral atmospheric effects using large washes of liquid paint. Other influences include Henry Matisse, Francis Cadell, Glasgow boys: Guthrie Lavery, and Joan Eardley.
Scott’s theories and unique approach to colour identify the importance and accuracy of the CMY colour wheel and the truth about magenta, cyan and yellow as being the correct primary colours of painting.
He continues to work from his Glaswegian studio, lecturing and exhibiting to great acclaim.