ABOUT THE ARTIST
DAVID SETTINO SCOTT works full time as an artist in his studio in San Miguel, located on California's Central Coast. He also teaches an art class in the evenings at Cuesta College. David has worked as a flight instructor, giving flying lessons in the L.A. area. He has also created sets for special visual effects. Star Wars and Caddy Shack are among his screen credits. Through his work in film David gained knowledge and experience with many different types of materials. This experience has given David much freedom in creating three dimensional work. Thus, sculpture is an integral part of his art experience, and he has had important solo shows of his sculptural works as well as his paintings in museums and private galleries.
My work usually begins with some archetype. Perhaps some image that I have seen in a museum or in a book which attracts me. Any content to be found reveals itself to me as I work with the formal problems. In some of my early works, the content is narrative in form, such works are as story telling. In other works such as the flower paintings, the content is likely to be more subtle. Sometimes the content is related to social issues. Such issues as human rights abuses, the slave trade and the Buddhist immolations have been explored in my work. Although, social issues are a powerful incentive to work, it does not happen very often that I wish to make work of that nature. I would rather concentrate on the beautiful.
For me the simple archetypal image is the most powerful. Archetypes are very familiar and very accessible. They resonate within our subconscious because of that familiarity. We are at home and feel comfortable with familiar objects and images, and we are ready to receive whatever message they might enclose.
I like to make a succinct and universal image. An image that will be at home in any century or cultural milieu and carry the message with perfect clarity and respect for what it is worth.
Art is merely a language.
And it is a perfect and sublime language like music.
It is a language that transcends speech and the written word....
One does not need to speak Japanese to understand Hokusai
or to speak French to see what Monet perceived
or understand German to appreciate Mozart.
-- DAVID SETTINO SCOTT