Gordon M Scott
Gordon was born at the family home in Glasgow, 1965, were he spent his life until the age of 22. Art was ever present. One of his earliest experiences as a baby was sitting on the floor watching his father at work on an oil painting. Small wonder it was such a dominant aspect of his education. From being amongst the best in school through to specialising in drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, his art tutors were deeply encouraging mentors.
A profound change took place in Gordon’s family life just as he turned 18, when his father died aged 56. His father had a passionate, enquiring mind and Gordon’s curiosity was fuelled such that he has been on a lifelong mystic and spiritual journey – an aspiration to personal magical awakening where Life is immanent with divine intelligence. In his art this is explicit. People are caught by his work, where they see how realistic it is, how mysterious, how full of atmosphere. Yet these qualities can be disarming where the onlooker may feel unease within themselves. It raises questions and enigmas. These feelings are familiar to us in timeless storytelling, where myth, legend, the mysteries of life and death, otherworldliness, the surreal, prefigures life’s adventure; the unique journey inherent to individual human experience.
Gordon’s preoccupation with the narrative themes of journeying and adventure began simultaneously with his move to the Scottish Highlands. His love for landscape where Nature achieves a mythical and spiritual status was influenced heavily by the seven years as a lone gardener on a remote private Highland estate on Loch Ness.
After a painful divorce, a near death motorcycle accident and the death of his mother, he moved to Brighton. Throughout 30 years of developing a body of work, he has exhibited widely from solo shows in Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh and today frequently in London.
His technique has changed over time. The vigorous, thick paint of earlier work in his 20s, where an art critic described it as, coarsely massive and sinister, has now given way to a refined realism. Clearly influenced by Classical Italian Mannerism and 19th century Romanticism, we asked him recently why he has had such a tenacious interest in narrative realism, he replied, “Realism has always been the most immediate way of transmitting ideas and symbolism. I’m a committed observational realist!”
Now living in the Peak District of Derbyshire, the stability of a happy and successful marriage with children is the foundation of his life. His creativity has been on the ascendant, since 2011 when life taught him its latest salutary lesson; acute and worsening heart fibrillations. However, they evaporated within weeks, never to return, after a renewed focus in observational drawing. Art and healing is the lesson and he commented, “I am blessed now like no other time I’ve known with so many ideas and visions. It’s been a humbling process.” The future seems certain now with a return to larger canvasses and increasing visionary spectacle.