Barry Scott works on portrait, landscape and design commissions from his studio but sets some time aside for his personal work, which relies on drawing and imagery from nature and the imagination with a surreal quality to it.
Barry works mainly on portraits of animals to commission; dogs, cats and people but occasionally painting from the landscape. These are often worked on in a detailed way with pastels or oil paints. Barry enjoys working liberally and viscerally, tightening up his work considerably as he works in subsequent layers.
Barry has a degree in fine art from Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and an MFA from the 3-year program at the University of Maryland, USA where he explored drawing, painting and sculpture. Barry was awarded the Mitchell Prize at Duncan of Jordanstone and the David Driskell Award for excellence in teaching and studio practice at Maryland.
Barry has attended residencies in the States at Vermont Studio centre and also at the Atlantic centre for the arts, in Florida, working with renowned artists such as John Torreano, Arnold Mesches and Kerry James Marshall.
Having spent years as an art teacher at colleges near Washington DC, in the USA, Barry also worked for a short time as a sculpture assistant to the artist Joan Danziger.
Barry returned to the Perth area to be near his family, where he taught leisure classes with Perth College.
Until recently Barry’s artwork has been done at home, which has made it difficult to focus as there are often competing demands. Having space in the Creative Exchange is a perfect solution. It also means he can go back to running classes or exploring messier practices such as sculpture in a dedicated space.
Barry now runs drawing lessons at Wasps while also working as a personal assistant or carer. Barry is also on the committee for Perthshire Visual Arts Forum, which is a networking organisation for Artists in the area.