Sunday, 19 September 2010

Scott Bartner

In alphabetical order...
Scott is an american painter who has been living in Maastricht for many years.
We first met in 2005 as he was submitting work to a juried exhibition in London. Having previously exchanged emails for several months we nerdily met in front of a tube station and spent a few hours around museums. I didn't end chopped up in a suitcase. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters readily accepted both of his works, a quirky picture of a girl with ginger hair and a haunting portrait of an older girl in a shawl.

    His inclusion in the RSPP Show led to several more commissions in London and each visit meant belgian chocolates and all sorts of wine and delicatessen for me and my family. My dog developed a taste for high quality cocoa and has learned how to open any kind of zip, buckle or bag lock. Scott loves her dearly.
In exchange, in a well meaning attempt to cook around his vegetarian diet, I fed him my secret recipe chocolate mousse cake made with five eggs and a brick of butter, for which he still threatens me with an attempted murder charge.
On viewing an episode of Letterman Show my youngest son has remarked that Letterman was " a bit like your friend ". Scott's irony and dry sense of humour were probably quite cryptical for him but he more or less got the point. Apart from being the Mordecai Richler of the brush, Scott is a connoisseur of classical music and wines and a relentless train traveller.

  I am a worshiper of Scott's work, especially after having seen it in real life, as photos don't do justice to the subtlety of his work.
He originally moved to the Netherlands to learn glazing from a local master, and has a superb technique. His colours seem to be painted on a cloud. The image floats like mist on the shiny surface hiding every trace of its maker's hand.
His insubstantial painted ladies glance icily or benevolently at the viewer and seem to belong to another world. He has a special ability of painting patterns to compliment and enrich his paintings, all flawlessly designed and executed.


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