Scott Malbaurn is an artist currently living and working between the countryside of Southern Oregon and New York City. Born in 1976, in Groton, CT, Scott Malbaurn is a hard-edge, geometrical artist who paints with synthetic water-based mediums such as silica, urethane, and acrylic resin along with pigments to make his own paint. The paintings are flat color fields with lines that race, zip and carve themselves through the surface.
Scott taught fine art drawing from 2006-2012 and was the Acting Assistant Chairperson of Fine Art from 2010-2012 at Pratt Institute. He has exhibited his work internationally with most exhibitions in New York. Scott has also organized and curated exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Connecticut.
Scott Malbaurn received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA from Pratt Institute.
About this Work: Untitled Chevrons, Gouache on Paper Series.
With these gouaches on paper I am adding a new series into my studio practice. One that is slightly different from my works on canvas but also very much the same. Here, I am better able to explore a playfulness of color and line. Given the scale of these works, I can be less precious with the materials. I keep my palette minimal by using only three colors as well as black and white. I enjoy my intimate time with each piece as I sit and hover over a drawing table. This contrasts my process of creating paintings on canvas where I am often found standing and walking around the paintings. These gouaches on paper are also created by hand where the paintings are assembled with masking tools. Creating these works by hand keeps me in contact with the touch of a loaded brush on paper. This allows the work to have a nice read of the materials as well as the hand that made them.
A Statement from the Artist:
"My work is hard-edged painting that is minimal and linear. I use synthetic water-based mediums such as silica, urethane, and acrylic resin along with pigments to make my own paint. I work on stretched canvas or linen that may be found stretched over panel. The paintings are flat color fields with lines that race, zip and carve themselves through the surface.
In hopes of keeping the work well thought out and fresh, I constantly search for a balance between contrived and arbitrary. This gives me an intuitive “just right” feeling about the work. Nuances may be found within the brush-work. With the exception of tape, the paintings are constructed by hand without geometrical tools or spray applications. Tape is used as a drawing tool, cautiously applied to the painting surface to prevent bleeding of the paint. This allows an acute interaction of color. The work is assembled with many thin layers of paint by way of cross-hatched brush strokes in hopes of creating a physical substance to the painting. The overall aesthetic favors a reductive, minimalist bent coupled with physicality."
2012, Forward. Rewind. Repeat, Ground Arts, New York, NY
2012, Intersections, An Artbridge Installation, Barclays Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2011, LEAN, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Solo Exhibition)
2010, SOFA Chicago, David Richard Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2010, Geometric Themes and Variations, Gallery 128, New York, NY