By Becci Sharpe
Iris Scott likes to get hands-on with her artwork. The Brooklyn-based artist is drawing worldwide acclaim for her marvellous oil paintings, which are produced by applying thick oil paints with just her fingers.
Her impressive body of work ranges from dreamy landscapes to busy city scenes, but it is her trademark shaking dogs series which really stands out and captivates the viewer. Forsaking paintbrushes and palette knives, Scott captures immense detail and a charming vibrancy by working with her hands directly on to the canvas. This can also be felt in the intense colour — upwards of 100 colour pigments can be used in any one painting.
On her website, the artist describes her work as part of an exciting new artistic movement called Instinctualism, saying: “I want my paintings to be both an escape from our everyday life, and an intensification of the recognisable.” By choosing to produce the works by hand she feels closer to the process: “There’s nothing between me and the paint – I feel all the tiny nuances. I can manipulate thick paint with my fingers in ways brushes never could.”
As well as selling out at exhibitions across the US, Scott has recently published an instructional book titled A Finger Painting Weekend in which she continues to champion this sophisticated, yet nostalgic method of painting.