MEDIA PRAISE FOR PARADISE, PAVED

Twin Cities Daily Planet:
Is it possible to paint a compelling picture of a Best Buy parking lot? … The easy answer to his question is, of course, yes. It is possible to a paint a good picture of anything when you're as talented as Mr. Anderson is.” —Jordan Wirth


StarTribune:
“Anderson scrutinizes the unlovely parking lots … convenience stores, big-box emporiums, awkward planters and exuberant signage of suburbia. These are aggressively charmless vistas, cluttered with arrows, barricades, bumpers, hoses, trash cans, traffic cones and other eyesores that he often accentuates to humorous effect.” —Mary Abbe


Radio interview with Euan Kerr:


City Pages:
“Anderson deploys his discerning eye, and considerable skills working with light, color, and media, to the least beloved of landscapes, with remarkable results.” —Camille LeFevre


Southwest Journal:
“There is something striking about a vacant parking lot in the warm, soft light of dawn, at least as Anderson paints it.… It’s not beauty as we typically define it, but maybe it’s not as ugly as we thought, either. ” —Dylan Thomas



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Painting China: Americans in Kaiping

TV at WorkIn 2009, Scott traveled with a group of artists to Kaiping, China. That trip, and another in 2012, was organized by California painter and Kaiping native, W. Jason Situ. An exhibit of paintings from the trips will be on display at Segil Fine Art Gallery in Monrovia, California, January 18 through March 1, 2014. Participating artists include Kevin MacPherson, Jon Budicin, Andy Evansen and Joe Paquet.
Above: TV at Work, 24 x 30” oil on canvas.


Honorable Mention at the State Fair

August 2013

This painting, Gotta Move, was awarded an Honorable Mention at this year's Minnesota State Fair Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. Over 1800 entries were funneled through two rounds of jurying. Gotta MoveWhen I saw the carefully constructed load at a roadside restaurant, it struck me as a monument to the millions of people who have lost their homes in recent years. Plus, the pattern of line, shape, and color was irresistable. Further evidence that I'm a little obsessed with orange and blue.


Judging is fun but really, really hard.

June 2013

I was invited to judge the Redwing Plein Air Festival in June. I was so impressed by all the talented and dedicated painters, they could hardly get me to stop gushing when I presented the awards.


Winter painting on the Gunflint Trail

At the end of January, outdoor painters from all over the state converged at YMCA Camp Menogyn on Bearskin Lake to paint the boreal splendor, share communal meals, and drink a lot of hot chocolate. Visit my Snow page to see some of my paintings from the week.

Grand Marais Winter Paintout

Big Ben, 35W bridge reconstruction

Marine Museum show

January 2013

Scott's painting, Big Ben, will be included in a show opening February 21st at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota. "150 Years on Minnesota's Waters: Paintings from the Minnesota Historical Society's Art Collection" features art by prominent historical artists such as Seth Eastman, Francis Jaques, and Adolf Dehn, as well as a number of contemporary painters. The show runs through March 23.

The Marine Museum is worth the drive. The permanent collection is a who's who of 20th century representational painting: Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Homer, Sisley, Cole, Bierstadt, Buttersworth, Silva... It even includes one of Vincent van Gogh's first oil paintings.

Big Ben, was painted on location during the I-35W bridge reconstruction.


New project: snow people portraits

Part whimsy, part pathos, part nostalgia, you can't beat snow people for a good time. Then they melt — but they melt with character! Crossing my fingers we get some good packin’ snow this winter. All portraits 5 x 7 oil on panel.


Oldest Rock Around

The oldest rock around

I've been working on a series of small studies of scenes from northern Minnesota. A geologist pal told me the Boundary Waters area has some of the oldest exposed rock in this hemisphere. Something about shifting tectonic plates and such. In any event, many of them are perfect for this.


Lighthouse, Late Afternoon

Grand Marais Plein Air

September 14, 2012

Scott won an Honorable Mention award for this painting. The show runs through Friday, September 30 at the Art Colony.


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March 8, 2012

I've been awarded an Artist's Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board!
—Scott


In good company

March 1, 2012

Scott's painting, "Steps Along the North Shore," is featured in Art Journey America: Landscapes, a new book by North Light Books. It's a beautifully produced volume, with images and comments from 89 top contemporary American landscape painters. And at $32.99, it's a steal!


15-horse Merc

First Place plus in
Plein Air magazine’s July-August National Salon

September 29, 2011

Artist James Gurney, who judged the bimonthly event, said that New Extended Hours (above) is “a superb painting in every respect....There is a nice handling of the natural and artificial light, a fine control of detail module, and the artist put just enough well-drawn detail where it was needed. Bravo for choosing a subject that most people would pass by.” Scott was also awarded semi-finalist and honorable mention awards. More on that here.


15-horse Merc

First Place at Grand Marais Plein Air

September 3, 2011

Judge Mary Pettis gave top honors to 15-Horse Merc (left) at the 9th annual plein air competition hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in northern Minnesota.

In Pettis's words, “Line, shape, value, color, and paint handling are balanced, harmonious, and satisfying. Anderson makes clear what he found beautiful through great editing, observation of forms, and a perfectly handled focal path. A fun, masterful gem of a painting.”


Best of Show!

April 10, 2010

Valentines for Sale (below) wins the top prize at Salon International 2010! The piece was selected from 392 juried works out of 1300 submissions from 46 states and 18 countries.

The judge, renowned portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, had this to say:

"Valentines for Sale is imaginative, well composed, and excellently handled. Anderson's use of color and sensitive, painterly technique make for an unusual and interesting painting. The conception conveys a sense of time, space, and temperature. It is intelligent and contemporary. I'm very impressed."

Also in the exhibition are Hallelujah! and Jesus House. The event is held at Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio. Thank you Mr. Kinstler and Salon International.

Painting

China: What a trip!

November 13, 2009
Chinese teens pose with Scott

I recently traveled to Guangdong province in China with California painter Jason Situ and several other artists. Our hosts from the Kaiping Ministry of Culture were friendly, gracious, and attentive in the extreme. We painted in the city, countryside, and surrounding villages, often alongside Chinese art students. It's amazing how much can be communcated with pointing, smiling, and giving thumbs up!


Best New Painter at Easton

July 26, 2009

Scott was selected the 2009 Best New Artist to Plein Air Easton!, the premiere outdoor painting event on the east coast. Out of 59 participating artists, about 25 were new to the event this year. Thank you, PAE!


San Luis Obispo People's Choice!

October 2008

October was a busy month for Scott in California! At the San Luis Obispo Art Center's Plein Air Festival, Scott's painting, Morning on Estero Bay (below), was voted "People's Choice" by event attendees. Two weeks later, Scott's work was included in the Laguna Beach Invitational at the Laguna Art Museum, alongside some of the top plein air painters in the country.
Estero Bay

Twin Cities media dig the bridge project

September 2008

Last summer, Scott did a series of paintings of the reconstruction of the I-35W bridge over Scott in Minneapolis-St.Paul magazinethe Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Check out the media coverage:
Minnesota Public Radio (audio)
KSTP Live (video)
Minneapolis StarTribune
WCCO News
MinneapolisSt.Paul Magazine (left)
Southwest & Downtown Journals


 

Laguna Beach Plein Air member's show:
3rd Place Winner

Spring 2008

Scott's painting, Waterslide, won third place honors at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 4th Annual (2008) "Best of Plein Air" show. The event was juried by artist Gil Dellinger. The director of the Irvine Museum, Jean Stern, judged the awards. Scott's painting, Karaoke, was also part of the show.

 

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