|Scott Andrew Spencer
Passion of Art
Living in Los Angeles, Scott Andrew Spencer paints daily
on the balcony outside his studio where he loves to listen
to music and delve into abstraction. He takes inspiration
from his immediate surroundings, real or imagined, and
paints into the wee hours of the night. "That's when the
energy comes." Scott began painting full time after a
brush with cancer in 1999. He was admitted into the
Pasadena Society of Artists in 2004.
Artist Statements: Every day I thank my lucky stars and
The Powers That Be that there are art collectors in this
world. "Thank you," to everyone who owns and all future
owners of these paintings. You are wonderful people,
allowing me to continue painting and giving me great
satisfaction. If you're ever in Los Angeles, please look me
up. I'll buy you some lunch. I'd like to get to know you.
I give myself over to That Which Governs. I know
Someone or Something is watching after me, keeping vigil.
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. Let it paint. Trust the mess. All marks are
Oh, but the mutiny of scrutiny . . . if we could only leave
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
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.
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
Being gay is a gift, a variation on a theme. Love is too
powerful to be shaped or confined.
At the moment, I'm loving the paintings of Cecily Brown,
Raimonds Staprans and Paul Balmer. My all-time
favorites are Max Beckmann, Milton Avery, Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec and Lucien Freud.