My name is Iris Scott, and I intend to continue finger painting for the next 60+ years, until I am completely blind or unable to move my hand across a canvas. I swapped brushes for gloved fingertips in 2009 at the age of 26, and standing here today, ten thousand hours of practice later, I’m delighted I made the leap. It was during that special year in Taiwan, one tropical afternoon, that I was lucky enough to run out of clean brushes. A few swipes of oil paint at the tips of my fingers and I was hooked.
From 2014 through 2019 I called Brooklyn home, but just before the pandemic made headlines I got a funny feeling it was time to leave NYC. We packed up the studio and all our belongings and headed to the Southwest. Living in Northern New Mexico and building a home/studio in a very remote location has been the gift of isolation. It’s so quiet here, the dirt road we live on is 10 miles from pavement, and the nearest store is 45 minutes away.
In May of 2019, just prior to leaving NYC, a magical thing happened: I was accepted by the art world. It took a decade of painting full time, and hundreds of finger paintings to get to a point where articles by critics in New York Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and on ArtNet not just noticed, but praised my work.
I believe the era of excluding animals, landscapes, and plants from high art is fading, and it’s being replaced by a more environmentally-conscious art world.
I call the new era of art Instinctualism: to be an Instinctualist means to revel in beauty and color. It is to allow the work of art to make you feel viscerally hugged tightly and jolted awake all at once. I strive for one thing…the GASP. Have you ever heard a song, or seen a dance, or gazed upon a work of art and gasped? That’s Instinctualism. The gasp is like a bell that rings when our mind is left behind and something exists in its place, something perhaps older than mind. The gasp transcends the ego, as well as our relentless chattering thoughts. The gasp occurs even before we can ask, “should I like this?”
Iris Scott is represented by Adelman Fine Art in San Diego, California.
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Adelman Fine Art is currently accepting a limited number of special order Iris Scott commissions! Like many advanced, successful artists, Iris desires to grow and experiment with her craft, letting her paintings develop organically, and thus has some limitations on how she will proceed with her new commission policy. Add your name to the commission list NOW! Please contact us via 619-354-5969, email, or our contact page, for more information.
Iris Scott is Adelman Fine Art Gallery’s top selling artist, and her new work is currently scarce. We are quite thrilled about her willingness to work with collectors on commissioned paintings. Adelman Fine Art Gallery has a unique relationship with Iris, and we have worked with many collectors to navigate the process, and facilitate communication – resulting in a fun experience and #ArtYouEnjoy! We often take Iris’s sketches and/or final paintings, and superimpose them on collector’s walls, helping with subject/style selection, and artwork placement in their home or office.
#ArtYouEnjoy from Finger Painting Master Iris Scott!
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.”The Adelman sisters (Phylicia & Nicole) had the pleasure of discussing Iris Scott commissions with superstar Brie Bella at the gallery. Enjoy this clip from E! network’s hit reality show Total Bellas and please contact us to inquire about the commission process!Watch as superstars Nikki and Brie Bella, of E! network’s reality show Total Bellas, finger paint live with Iris Scott in her studio in New York!
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