"Scott has become somewhat of a Santa Fe institution, a symbol of our city’s preoccupation with color, the elemental and becoming, as he puts it, 'properly lost in the storm of becoming.' "
Sam Scott, "High Tide," acrylic on canvas, 84” x 120”, 1996
When abstract artist Sam Scott left his teaching position at the University of Arizona a few years back, he spent his retirement pay on a boat—“a 15-foot West Wight Potter ketch rigged sloop,” Scott writes. “Her hull was yellow, her lines were clean.” He dubbed her “Spray,” and sailed from an island off the coast of Texas, riding the tide out into the sea toward a series of barrier islands “where tiny mule deer shared the beaches and wind-swept dunes.” There, Scott studied the tides—their power and his powerlessness. For a painter preoccupied with freedom, the experience was profound.
When Scott returned to shore to teach at Texas A&M’s art department, he was given a 1,000 square-foot studio space to create what he would later call "The Four Tides," a series of four paintings, which convey the weight and pull of the ocean with broad washes of color and fine-spun, whirling lines. "Four Tides, Four Decades" will be on view at Yares Art Projects, along with many other works from the artist’s vibrant, five-decade career. Over the years, Scott has become somewhat of a Santa Fe institution, a symbol of our city’s preoccupation with color, the elemental and becoming, as he puts it, “properly lost in the storm of becoming.”
Four Tides, Four Decades: Paintings by Sam Scott
May 24 to June 30.
Yares Art Projects, 123 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe. 984-0044.
Reception: Friday, May 24, 5 to 7 pm.