Artist Statement – Chasing Beauty
I have been chasing beauty in one form or another most of my painting life. I find it in the smallest of things – a curling arabesque of flaking paint, the soft fold of fabric, colour slowly leaching from an ancient wall, fine cracks lacing a rendered wall, verdigris, scrapes and scratches. It’s all scar tissue that stand witness to moments in time and history. Using this as a starting point I weave a narrative into my paintings.
Scott McDougall is contemporary realist painter, Queensland born and educated, with diplomas in both Art Teaching and Fine Arts. He relocated to Sydney to persue his painting career and has held over 30 solo exhibitions across Australia and overseas. Scott has travelled extensively from Europe to South America, and across South East Asia, finding inspiration for his paintings and is well represented in both private and corporate collections here and internationally. He has been a finalist in both the Sulman and Wynne Prizes as well as many other national art prizes. He recently moved to northern NSW where he built a new house and dedicated painting studio which has inspirational views across the caldera towards Mt Warning.