Artist Profile: Scott Idleman

Artist Scott Idleman presents his portfolio of work filled with texture and pattern, and talks about his inspiration.

 

“Convergence” Acrylic and Gesso on Wood, 25.5” x 25.5” by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI: How did your distinctive style evolve and what influences you?

SI: I have always been a doodler since childhood, the by-product of a chattering mind. Back then, I would create intricate mandalas in my school notebooks, circular patterns made up of motifs such as seashells or elements from a King Tut exhibit I attended.

 

“Phosphene Dream” Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas, 40” x 48” by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

When I started painting again after many years as a graphic designer, I wanted to tap into that childhood energy of creating imaginary worlds utilizing my new influences—microscopic imagery, aerial views, maps, vintage quilts, patterns in nature, contemporary Aboriginal art—to make fine art pieces.

 

“Other Moons” Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas, 24” x 24” by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I try to reduce my mark-making to simple shapes such as circles and grids, something I find both primitive and modern at the same time. The repetition and rhythm of these elements have endless possibilities for me to create and get lost in other worlds as well as express myself.

 

“Pollination” Acrylic and Gesso on Wood, 24” x 33” by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI: You mention texture and also connectivity when speaking about your art. Why are these important to you?

SI: All of my paintings are executed with thickened colored gesso applied to the surface with squeeze bottles so that the marks are raised when dry. The texture and relief effect creates light and shadows which change in different light. This technique also invites touching the art (for some artists a no-no), but I encourage my viewers to touch and connect with the feel of the surface.

 

“Viola” Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas, 36” x 24” by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Each painting has a unique personality, some gently undulating while others are sharp and rigid to the touch. Thematically, my body of work is about connectivity. In a world more connected than ever because of technology, there is a flow of communication but also isolation without personal interactions. My intention is to convey these flows, collisions, overlaps, and missed connections with simple mark-making.

 

“Trifecta” Watercolor on Paper, 18” x 24”“Trifecta” Watercolor on Paper, 18” x 24”

 

ABI: What is your newest direction?

SI: I am in the process of creating pattern modules based on my doodle drawings for licensing opportunities. Using my modules, I am also making collages inspired by my grandmother’s quilt patterns.

 

"Bows Ties" by artist Scott Idleman. See his artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

The geometry and mixture of fabrics seen in traditional quilts are strikingly modern to my eye and that melding of old and new is very appealing to me.

 

 

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