Scott Spencer

Scott Spencer

Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Scott Spencer

I cry when anyone does anything really well.

To be truly compassionate, we should stop mistreating and eating other animals.

It's the person, not the parts. Being gay is a gift, a variation on a theme. Love is too powerful to be shaped or confined.

I'm really into planking lately, but I do it on my back.

Life is a game. Play along, play nice.

I promise to die someday so these paintings will be more valuable.

We probably need to stop replicating for awhile. Our numbers have grown too many.

In the Grand Scheme of things, we may very well be experiencing different realities. These are wacky times. We live in an age of orange newscasters, Burger King memorabilia, infectious disease and war. We think we're smart and we understand our existence. I'm not so sure. Sometimes I think we're just high-end monkeys.

I give myself over to That Which Governs. I hope Someone or Something is watching after us, keeping vigil.

I thank my lucky stars and the Powers That Be for the presence of art collectors in this world. "Thank you," to everyone who owns and all future owners of these paintings. You are magical, wonderful people. If you're ever in Los Angeles, please look me up. I'd like to meet you. I'll buy you some lunch.

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. Trust the mess. All marks are good.

Oh, but the mutiny of scrutiny . . . if we could only just 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 or her 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.

So far, nowhere else in this existence have I found the freedom and exhilaration that 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

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.

At the moment, I'm loving the paintings of Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz, Odd Nerdrum, 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.

Scott Andrew Spencer (American, born 1970) is primarily an abstract painter. He is self-taught and uses both oils and acrylics to cover his canvases. He loves to listen to music while painting and takes inspiration from his immediate surroundings, real or imagined. In his early years, he was 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. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his husband and their feline son, Riley.

Education

EDUCATION
C.S.U.L.B. (Long Beach, CA)
Associate in Arts Degree, Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)

AFFILIATIONS
Pasadena Society of Artists (PSA)

Events

COLLECTIONS
Hannibal Aguilar, Pasadena, CA
David and Nadine Alon, Belgium
Dr. William Armstrong, Irvine, CA
Vern Asche, Devore, CA
Simone Bachmann, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Laurie Berlin, Hillsboro Beach, FL
David Brashear, Virginia
Michal K. Corbin, Indianapolis, IN
Deeanne Freeman, Encinitas, CA
Michael L. Grace, Palm Springs, CA
Joe Hudgens, Alhambra, CA
JW Marriott Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
Mark Humphry, Altadena, CA
Glade Johnson Design, Bellevue, WA
John Kingston, New York, NY
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
Jo McDonnell, Durham, NC
Therese Molloy, New York, NY
Sharon Myers, Davis, CA
Tami Pflug, Los Angeles, CA
Amy Pounder, Bernardsville, NJ
Rebecca Salcito, Scottsdale, AZ
Beth Severino, Tampa, FL
Mary Shields, Denver, CO
Michael Smoller, Austin, TX
Ellen Hart Sturm, New York, NY
Karin Wagner, Olympia, WA
Emily Yerkovich-Phillips, Austin, TX
Susan Young, Palm Beach, FL

PUBLICATIONS
2020 Tui Motu InterIslands, issue 246 March
2011 International Dictionary of Artists, World Wide Arts 2010 American Journal of Critical Care (cover art, Pointillism) July, volume 19, number 4 American Journal of Critical Care (cover art, Lower Extremities) May, volume 19, number 3 2008 The Art of Everyday Joe: A Collector’s Journal, Michael K. Corbin, Authorhouse Art Wanted Calendars: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animals/Wildlife, Landscape/Outdoor 2007 Art Wanted Calendar: Outdoor/Landscape “Mechanic”, short film, director Asher Glaser 2006 Art in King-Sized Beds: A Collector’s Journal, Michael K. Corbin, AuthorHouse 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

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2020 Singulart Magazine--"Celebrating Pride" (Singulart.com)
2014 Saatchi Gallery, London--"Inspired by Kandinsky" curated by Bridget Carron
2013 Saatchi Gallery, London—“Art from Los Angeles” curated by Rebecca Wilson
2009 Gallery Matsui—“Grand Opening” (San Gabriel, CA)
2008 i-5 Gallery—“$2 Bills” (Los Angeles, CA)
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 Viva Gallery—“81st Annual Exhibition” (Sherman Oaks, CA)
BrenArt—Solo (Pasadena, CA)
i-5 Gallery—“Art World Poker” (Los Angeles, CA)
Gregg Gallery and Frames—“AEG Artists” (Bexley, OH)
Whites Gallery—“Springtime” (Montrose, CA)
BIA Parade of Homes—“New Haven Homes” (Westerville, OH)
Fina—“6 Up” (Pasadena, 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 photographer 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)
Galeria 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)