Born 1970. (American abstract painter)
Living in Los Angeles, California, Scott Spencer loves to listen to music while he paints. "Classical music is great for the more cerebral pieces and good old rock and roll works best when I want to let the paint fly." Spencer takes inspiration from his immediate surroundings, real or imagined, and paints into the wee hours of the night. "That's when the energy comes." He began painting full time after a brush with cancer in 1999. Spencer is represented by renowned gallerist and art dealer Biljana Grcic-Beran through Galeria Jan in La Jolla, California, and was admitted into the Pasadena Society of Artists in 2004.
Observations: Life is a game. Play along.
In the Grand Scheme of it all, we may very well be experiencing different realities.
These are definitely wacky times. We live in an age of orange newscasters and Burger King memorabilia.
I stepped off the deep end a long time ago and have been dog paddling for dear life ever since.
Nobody taught me to run from my problems. I had to learn that one on my own.
I give myself over to That Which Governs. I know Someone or Something is watching after me, keeping vigil.
Every day I thank my lucky stars and the Powers That Be that there are art collectors in this world. "Thank you," to everyone who owns and all future owners of these paintings. You are wonderful people, allowing me to continue painting and giving me great satisfaction. If you're ever in Los Angeles, please look me up. I'll buy you some lunch. I'd like to get to know you.
Every canvas has an agenda--a life of its own separate from its maker, separate from thought or logic or reason--and to plot its course is only to interfere. To plan is to destroy. Let it paint. Trust the mess. All marks are good.
Oh, but the mutiny of scrutiny . . . if we could only leave it alone.
The self-taught artist has a great chance to be unique. Without knowledge of "rules" to hinder the hand or an instructor's style to imitate, what results is pure, entirely his own.
Contrary to popular belief, abstract art is "meaningful" on a parallel with representational art. Each of us sees differently, and individual responses to an abstract work of art are varied. An abstract work's "meaning" is oftentimes stronger and more personal for the viewer than it is in purely representational art where the subject matter is obvious and can only evoke a limited range of emotions.
Nowhere else in this existence have I found the freedom and exhilaration that oil painting affords.
Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Welcome words to a daydreamer like me.
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." Francis Bacon
Being gay is a gift, a variation on a theme. Love is too powerful to be shaped or confined.
At the moment, I'm loving the paintings of Cecily Brown, Raimonds Staprans and Paul Balmer. My all-time favorites are Max Beckmann, Milton Avery, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Joan Mitchell, Egon Schiele, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler and Lucien Freud.
C.S.U.L.B. (Long Beach, CA)
Associate in Arts Degree, Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)
Pasadena Society of Artists (PSA)
2008 JFerrari Gallery—“Body of Art” (Atwater Village, CA)
2007 Bonaventure Hotel—“Sense of Community” (Los Angeles, CA)
Terra Gallery—“Open Up” (Columbus, OH)
Essence of Living (Hermosa Beach, CA)
The Loft—“Paint 9 Décor” (Eagle Rock, CA)
2006 BrenArt—Solo (Pasadena, CA)
Viva Gallery—“81st Annual Exhibition” (Sherman Oaks, CA)
i-5 Gallery—“Art World Poker” (Los Angeles, CA)
Whites Gallery—“Springtime” (Montrose, CA)
Gregg Gallery and Frames—“AEG Artist” (Bexley, OH)
BIA Parade of Homes--"New Haven Homes" (Westerville, OH)
Fina—“6 Up” (Los Angeles, CA)
Carlotta’s Passion Gallery—“Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” (Eagle Rock, CA)
2005 The Velvet Room—“Third Anniversary” (Pasadena, CA)
A Shenere Velt Gallery—“Artifacts of Activism/Images of Peace” (Los Angeles, CA)
Celebrity Centre International—“Rose Variety Arts Show” (Hollywood, CA)
Pazzaz—“Paint and Shoot”, Exhibit with Matt Harbicht (Silver Lake, CA)
Space-LA—“3rd Annual Ken Dunipace Memorial Art Show” (Los Angeles, CA)
Surrounding Art—Gallery Artists (Pasadena, CA)
Creative Arts Gallery—“PSA 80th Anniversary Exhibition” (Burbank, CA)
Galleria Jan—“Gallery Artists” (La Jolla, CA)
2004 Fine Artists Factory—“PSA 79th Annual Juried Exhibition” (Pasadena, CA)
Altadena LCC—“PSA New Members Exhibition” (Altadena, CA)
Period Gallery—“Color II” (Lincoln, NE)
Friends Gallery—“Make Art, Not War” (Pasadena, CA)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery—“Open Call” (Los Angeles, CA)
Period Gallery—“Faces III” (Lincoln, NE)
Period Gallery—“Abstraction VII” (Lincoln, NE)
Pacer Communities—“Quattro Blu” (Pasadena, CA)
Period Gallery—“Landscape IV” (Lincoln, NE)
Period Gallery—“Contemporary VI” (Lincoln, NE)
2003 Period Gallery—“Abstract VI” (Lincoln, NE)
Abstract Earth Gallery—“Abstracted” (Columbus, OH)
2002 123 Soho Gallery—“Featured Artist” (New York, NY)
2001 TheArtProject.net—Artists Respond To Terrorism
2000 Solid Expressions Gallery—“Gallery Artists” (Los Altos Hills, CA)
2006 Art in King-Sized Beds: A Collector’s Journal
2005 Interview Series, Spencer Unleashed, ArtintheVault.com, April
Artists on their Work, Art in the Vault, February 5
2004 Guest Artist, Quattro Blu, Pacer Communities, May 25
2003 Artist Spotlight, Pasadena Weekly, ‘Art Speak,’ June 12
David and Nadine Alon, Belgium
Dr. William Armstrong
Vern Asche, Devore, CA
David Brashear, Virginia
Michael L. Grace, Palm Springs, CA
Joe Hudgens, Alhambra, CA
Mark Humphry, Altadena, CA
Glade Johnson Design, Bellevue, WA
Brad Kuhlin, Pasadena, CA
Westley Lagerberg, Yorba Linda, CA
Lurssen Yachts, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany
Junell Mackey, Pasadena, CA
John Matty, Olivenhain, CA
Jason Maynard, Malibu, CA
Therese Molloy, New York, NY
Tami Pflug, Los Angeles, CA
Amy Pounder, Bernardsville, NJ
Mary Shields, Denver, CO
Karin Wagner, Olympia, WA
Emily Yerkovich-Phillips, Austin, TX
2006 Best of 123Soho 2006 Art, New York
2005 Best of 123Soho 2005 Art, Cloud Cover
2004 Honorable Mention, PSA 79th Annual Juried Exhibition, Flowers to Heaven
Special Recognition, ‘Landscape IV,’ Period Gallery, Poolside
Director’s Recognition, ‘Contemporary VI,’ Period Gallery, Three
2003 Special Recognition, ‘Abstraction VI,’ Period Gallery, A Place by the Water