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Mystic Rivers and Cosmic Ruptures – Scott Allen Roberts

Awesome Artist – Scott Allen Roberts


Entrancing, enigmatic and brimming with psychic bursts, Scott’s colossal compositions and figurative blasts are personally meaningful and mega, mega beautiful! This is super nature!

Scott Allen Roberts makes dreamy and ravishing art consisting of realist paintings and figurative conjurations. With dashes of brushiness, whirling colorways and wisps of flat shadow, he dabs scintillating palettes of pink, lavender, violet, blue and purple into celestial explosions and cosmic wonders. Slinging acrylics and watercolors from his cozy Tribeca studio and arcadian upstate atelier, the artist explores humanistic and existential themes, portraying the changeability and flux of nature and life.



Scott’s amazing multiple touches — flickering, fast, painterly and sublime — make sky and water flip-flop, heavens and earth merge; horizon lines and deep space are spliced and interblended. You see an artist consolidating his worldview, amplifying his scale and scope, getting physical and spiritual with his medium, and orchestrating crazily complex whirlpools of color, motion, metaphysics and magic.


“My art explores cosmological, ontological, and phenomenological concepts through a variety of different styles ranging from stylized contemporary landscapes to deconstructed panoramas done in a homage to expressionism, and ‘life drawings’ depicting the exigencies of the here and now,” says Scott.



VIVISXN trekked down to Tribeca to ponder Scott’s next-level art and pick his brain on the art world and what makes him tick.


What is your background and what makes you really tick as an artist?

I am a Los Angeles native and now live in New York full-time. I did a fine arts degree from the University of Southern California and post-grad work at The New School/Parsons. The loss of my parents early on in my life has shaped and molded my work and underpins a lot of my paintings and drawings.




What/who are some of your biggest influences?

Nature is most likely my biggest influence. My studio is located in a bucolic forest in upstate New York. Nature has an ambivalence to it that is both giving and taking, beautiful and ugly, and constantly swirling. I try to channel that always-changing energy into my art. The artists I really admire are John McCallister, Morris Louis, Henri Rousseau, and Giorgio Di Chirico.


How has your art evolved over the years?

My work corresponds to a constant state of flux and reflects my moods and inspirations. While I create a series of works, I may have a variety of different styles or another series going at the same time so there’s ongoing overlap. The evolution of my work has drifted into several different aesthetics that explore abstract expressionism, rustic landscapes, nature/environment and glitched-out sketch styles of portraiture and figurative drawing.



What are the main materials and mediums you use?

I am mostly working with acrylics and oil paints on stretched canvas. Some of my art fuses digital graphics and hybrid materials.



What is your dream project?

To design a seminal and permanent art installation in ‘world city’ that engages the public and makes the artistic landscape more meaningful.


What’s the most important trait of an artist?

Discipline, conviction and personal vision.



How do you work most effectively?

I typically work best when I’m alone. My upstate New York studio is located in a quiet forest setting in the Hudson Valley. It is peaceful and tranquil there and allows me to focus with intensity. But I’m always open to collabs and look forward to working with other artists, creatives and clients.



What’s next for you?

I am working on finishing up the renovation of my studio. I am also working on a series entitled ‘Perpetuus‘ which explores the intersection of ontology and aesthetics. And for the first time in many years I will be exploring more sculptural pieces using wood, plexiglass, and light. It’s all really exciting!




Words: Rachel Pena

Photography courtesy of Scott Allen Roberts and newfangled.us


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