New York artist Iris Scott (b. 1984) paints vivid oil paintings with just her fingertips. And where artists normally mix colors on a palette, Scott takes a different approach altogether: she purchases every tube of pigment Holbein makes. A hundred plus tubes are at arm’s length as Scott rapidly switches between colors. Having traded in brushes for latex gloves, Iris Scott is history’s first artist to abandon brushes altogether and focus entirely on finger painting - and legitimizing it in the world of fine art.
She happened upon finger painting while living in Taiwan during 2010. Scott chose not to clean her paint brushes one day because it would require pausing her work. Too engrossed in the present to put the painting on hold, Scott accidentally discovered the advantages of the technique literally at her fingertips. Today, she works with paint like a malleable, nearly clay-like medium, pushing it along the canvas in the thick, impressionistic smears that have become her trademark.
Unsatisfied with the contemporary art world’s current trends towards minimalism, conceptualism, and non-representational art, Scott is part of an entirely new art movement in Brooklyn called Instinctualism - and you won't need an art degree to like it. Instinctualism is a revival of pre-war art; think of it as Impressionism with a twist. Remember when the artists of the Renaissance brought back forgotten Greek art?
(cont'd)...This time the comeback celebrates - and builds upon - the imaginative, representational, and color-saturated paintings of artists like Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Monet, Munch, and Khalo. Instinctualism can appeal to children and adults who want to enjoy art rather than feel alienated by it.
Neuroaesthethics, a new field of science, has begun researching whether our aesthetic preferences are guided by a set of universal laws we’ve inherited. Do we have instincts for the beautiful, the healthy, the vibrant, the natural? Iris Scott thinks so, and this belief is reflected in her abundant body of work. She respects craftsmanship's slow process and learned the formal rules of painting before trying to break them. “Art is learned!” she asserts, "and anyone has the power to take up painting at any age." Scott believes that god-given talent is a myth and that, instead, art arises out of each individual's unique curiosities and motivation to pursue thousands of hours of practice. Her new book, Finger Painting Weekend Workshop, hit stores in early 2016 and is available on Amazon. Scott is represented by four galleries in the United States. For more information email her at the studio.