This is the first in a three-part feature. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of November in the Featured Artist link to the right.
Scott McIntire’s work is both instantly recognizable and endlessly intriguing. A striking blend of hyper-realist imagery and vivid patterning that invites the viewer to ask the inevitable “what’s it about” question while at the same time on some level intuitively understanding the visual interrelations and underlying connections between the worlds of nature and technology. Incorporating decades of experience in both the fine and commercial art fields, it is work that can be appreciated on numerous levels and leaves one wanting to see more.
How would you describe your work in general?
My hybrid style of painting comes from a lifelong courtship with photorealism and temporary side trips in Op Art, abstraction and fabric design. I have always been photographing, studying and painting elements from my environment. For the past 10 years my paintings have revolved around a single image or a group of related images that are placed in an “energy field” environment of my own creation. Having a concern about climate change, cellular transmissions, radio waves, sounds and the human manipulation of our environment I have attempted to make “the invisible visible”.
Any favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
As an avid gardener I take advantage of this rich soil and spend a fair amount of time gardening and sculpting my yard. About 8 years ago I started a project of photographing all the Insects, Birds and Mammals that I see on my ¼ acre property. This project has been more rewarding than I expected and has influenced my painting and led to shows of both photography and paintings. Because of this interest I produced a photo book titled “Backyard Project 2013” that illustrates the fauna in my yard.
Growing up in Oregon gave me a strong appreciation for nature. I have always collected bits and pieces of nature from insects when I was young to seashells when I grew older. Early on I decided that photographing my encounters with nature was a better way to collect and I could keep records of my findings in the computer.
My Backyard Project was a logical extension of this collecting. I turned my interest into what I could find in my own yard. I started taking my camera with me as I went out to garden so that whenever I came upon an interesting bug, bird or flower I could record it. I was finding so much that I decided to take an inventory of everything I found during the year 2013. This resulted in my producing a book about the project and I am giving slide lectures and exhibitions of the photos. With a new micro lens and a better telephoto lens I am still recording any new finds and consistently improving the existing ID’s.
Tell us about BioArt and the Energy Field series.
BioArt is a subset of my Energy Field series of paintings. In the BioArt paintings I am bringing in the flora that is in and around my environment, from flowers to weeds. The paintings are close-up biological studies from nature. Sometimes insects are also included in the energy field setting.
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