Iris Scott (b.1984) is a finger painting artist based in New York City, Brooklyn. Her color saturated canvases burst with movement, a result of her own unique form of textural Impressionism. And she does this all without using a brush! “There’s nothing between me and the paint and I feel all the tiny nuances. I can manipulate thick paint with my fingers in ways brushes never could.” Iris takes a Maximalist approach with her paint-heavy finger painting technique and rainbow of pigments. She often incorporates over 100 different oil colors into a single scene. Her paintings portray a dreamy yet dynamic world – a heightened, more lush version of reality. “I want my paintings to be both an escape from our everyday life, and an intensification of the recognizable.”
Whether she is painting landscapes, an urban scene, a figurative piece, or her trademark shaking dogs, Iris’ large body of work is a celebration of all that is wild. Iris grew up in the Pacific Northwest Rainforest near Seattle and spent her childhood playing in and exploring the craggy, untamed terrain. “There’s a denseness to those woods that has stayed with me. The trees were draped in moss, and play days were drenched with rain, animal and plant life blooming from every nook.” Her paintings of flora and fauna emphasize what is dazzling, arresting, and even overwhelming about the natural world.
Iris’ advancement of finger painting has changed the public’s perception of this technique and what can be achieved with it. Iris has been featured in Forbes, Barron’s, Business Insider, USA Today, NowThis, CBS New York, and American Art Collector Magazine. Her oil finger painted originals hang in 4 U.S. galleries, and have been collected by Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Children’s Hospital, and Swedish Medical Centers. Iris has blazed a truly unique trail in the art world, and is passionate about sharing her art form with Facebook and Instagram fans. Her book Finger Painting Weekend Workshop hit stores in 2016, and guides people of all levels through Impressionistic finger painting. Although she is already booked for 2017 commissions, contact us to add your interest to the list for a custom painting in 2018. Iris Scott finger paintings hang in private, public and corporate collections worldwide.
Adelman Fine Art represents Iris Scott in San Diego, CA.
Q & A WITH IRIS SCOTT
AFA: What were you like in high school?
Iris: “In high school I was pretty quiet, though I loved sports and art classes. I didn’t party at all, but sort of tended to hurry home and do homework. I liked school, I liked projects, and the more difficult a class was the more I liked it. I don’t think I would have been called so much a ‘dork’ as I was just a ‘sporty academic’ type. I hope nobody from high school remembers me as a rude person, I don’t remember being rude, but being a bully and not remembering it is one of my biggest fears.”
AFA: Where would you go in a time machine?
Iris: “I spend most of my non-art time researching pre-history, mainly 12,000 – 25,000 years ago. I believe it is a period of lost human history that includes Atlantis. So… I think I would choose to visit the earth in a time machine at about 13,000 years ago. I could see who really built these global megalithic structures such as the pyramids. No doubt I would learn the mystery of Atlantis, because sea levels would be low at that time, and if it existed it would be bustling!“
AFA: What gives you your greatest joy?
Iris: “Fantasizing about the future of my own painting, and the future of our society at large. I’m quite a daydreamer.”
AFA: What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Iris: “Jeans and a dark grey v-neck T-shirt.”
AFA: What are the last 3 charges on your credit card?
Iris: “Indian takeout, FedEx label, double-sided sticky tape so my cat stops trying to destroy my new sofa. Damn her!”
AFA: What is your greatest indulgence?
Iris: “Paint. I buy an obscene volume of paint to keep up with the thick texture I like to paint.”
AFA: Who are your heroes?
Iris: “Martin Luther King – for teaching non violent protesting. Elizabeth Warren – for being a badass female politician.”
AFA: What is on your bucket list?
Iris: “Scuba diving.”
AFA: Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Iris: “Bernie Sanders, Oscar Wilde, Frida Khalo, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Sasha Grafit, Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Picasso, Munch, Singer Sargent, Sal Kahn, and a handful of close friends.”
AFA: What is best gift you ever received?
Iris: “A handmade book/love letter from my honey.”
AFA: Do you collect anything?
Iris: “Indoor plants. Yeah, I’m trying to turn my house into ‘Where The Wild Things Are.”
AFA: If you could have any super power which one would you choose?
AFA: What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
Iris: “Eliminating that which is not really improving the scene.”
AFA: What’s your most significant project to date?
Iris: “I’m currently the artist-of-hire for a major beverage company in Spain and will travel there twice this year to attend a 2000-person launch party.”
AFA: How do you want to be remembered as an artist?
Iris: “I want to go down in history as the most collected and well known painter, whom also happened to be a woman. Hence, I want to break the glass ceiling so that girls across the world know they can do it too.”
AFA: Why do you think your finger paintings are so popular with so many people, all over the world?
Iris: “Color, movement, and texture. Mainly I think my images are easy to interpret because they’re open-ended. People see their own sisters, pets, homes, country sides.”
AFA: Tell us about your solo show experience at Adelman Fine Art last year?
Iris: “They know how to throw a party. We had an unbelievable turnout of standing room only. Lots of sales, I can’t wait to do it again.”
More From This Artist
'GREEN RIVER SOCKEYE' by Iris ScottThis embellished Artist’s Proof is a high definition reproduction with the addition of oil paint highlights. Gold Edition prints are manufactured using professional-grade archival inks and printed on fine art acid-free canvases. The surface of each print is individually reworked by Iris Scott in her studio and finished with a signed oil hand-print on the back to create an Embellished Artist's Proof. Iris Scott adds her trademark finger painted oil texture upon the printed image, which plays with the original work to make a compositional variation. The artist effectively creates an alternate version of her artwork image for each new Gold Edition Artist's Proof. Each rare reproduction features its own unique set of details, and there are no two in existence that are identical!
'The Diver' represents my vivid imagination of ‘diving into bed!’ It was pouring rain in Brooklyn the day I painted this work, and I felt like this surrealistic portrayal of a diver floating into bed, fed my need to paint dreaminess that day. This painting like all of my finger paintings is loaded with lush thick Holbein oil paints in vibrant colors. I like to think that the viewer can find their own dream somewhere in the painting. ~ Iris ScottAvailable exclusively at Adelman Fine Art Gallery in San Diego, California.
'SHAKIN' OFF THE BLUES' by Iris ScottThis iconic image was the first in Iris Scott's now famous Shakin' Dog series. The luscious colors and undeniable spirit guarantees to put a smile on your face everyday.
This embellished Artist’s Proof (#/150) is a high definition reproduction with the addition of oil paint highlights. Gold Edition prints are manufactured using professional-grade archival inks and printed on fine art acid-free canvases. The surface of each print is individually reworked by Iris Scott in her studio and finished with a signed oil hand-print on the back to create an Embellished Artist’s Proof. Iris Scott adds her trademark finger painted oil texture upon the printed image, which plays with the original work to make a compositional variation. The artist effectively creates an alternate version of her artwork image for each new Gold Edition Artist’s Proof. Each rare reproduction features its own unique set of details, and there are no two in existence that are identical!With the texture and movement of the thick finger strokes, you can easily imagine feeling the water spray from the dog shaking. Watch the video below that shows the creation of the original painting. Download the PDF flyer of Shakin' Off The Blues.