Scott McDougall


Artist Statement

Having spent my entire life living in big cities, it’s no surprise to me that my fascination with the urban image has become the overriding theme in my paintings.

I’ve travelled extensively, pursuing subject matter to capture and translate onto canvas. I’ve covered thousands of kilometres on foot and have slogged my way through the Barrios of Spain, the medinas of Morocco and across the provinces of Cuba and Vietnam. My paintings reflect my passion for colour, texture and formal composition, and the excitement of travelling to new countries.

Seven years ago I relocated from my home of 30 years in Sydney to the Tweed Valley.

My family have connections with the area on my mothers side – the Cranney family who settled in Tumbulgum in the 1800’s. I had a happy childhood spending holidays, exploring the banana plantations and dairy farms with my Nan and Pop, who lived in Tweed Heads.

Since my move north I’ve been confronted with a very different landscape, so very green and lush and so far from my painting comfort zone! Swathes of cane fields and rolling hills and mountain ranges. Further west from me its the burnt umbers, ochres and drier landscapes of Casino and Tenterfield

It is an interesting artistic process solving problems presented by my new surrounding landscape. In the past I have focused on smaller details of the man-made city environment and suddenly, here, I’m confronted with the huge expanse of rolling ranges of the Tweed Valley with is broiling clouds and rising mists.

In this exhibition I have included a series of paintings dealing with my journey to my new location, and show a collection of works contrasting the beauty found both in the man-made and natural environments.

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.

Art Atrium Exhibition Opening – Scott McDougall – Signs of Life