Artist

Scott Troxel
Marmora, New Jersey

Scott Troxel has always been fascinated with modern art and design. He pursued filmmaking in college, and later went on to have a career in industrial design and product development. Although he was always creating things, he continued to feel the urge to return to painting. His work originates from looking at objects or emotions, and breaking them down to their abstract forms. For instance, the bright colors of a fruit salad on a hot day, or the feeling of complexity in one’s life. He blurs the lines between modernism and abstract expressionism, sometimes using hard edged lines to compose his shapes, and other times painting more freely, allowing the process to determine the result. There is a very different mindset in each approach, one which involves planning and precision, and the other requiring action and instinct. The inherent tension in the work feels relieved by a perfect sense of balance. Scott stares at each piece for hours, changing things over and over, until he feels it is right.

Artist and Customer Comments


Scott Troxel 6/9/2016 | 10:39 AM

Thank you Candice for the kind words about Zanzibar and my other work. It makes me happy knowing you are enjoying the painting. I will be adding new work shortly, as I am working on pieces for both Ugallery and a solo show I have coming up in August. Thank you again for your purchase.

C Hubbard 6/9/2016 | 10:31 AM

I purchased Zanzibar a few weeks ago and am really enjoying the painting - bright grab you colors and intensity pulled together into a cohesive but dramatic piece - a joy to view throughout the day and evenings when the painting takes on a more muted look. Have to say I like quite a few of Scott's pieces. Feel he is very talented fellow!

Scott Troxel 5/2/2016 | 9:53 PM

Over the last week I wasn't feeling very "painterly". Sometimes I envy artists that stick to one medium or discipline. Say watercolor landscapes for instance. I am not sure why, but sometimes I just need to paint and other times, I really want nothing to do with an empty canvas. There are times were I just simply need to get out to the woodshop, look at some raw materials and start crafting a new wall sculpture. The creative desire is the same at the root, but the process is so different. Each process is equally satisfying but so different. Like having a cup of tea or a cup of coffee. Sometimes you just want one or the other I suppose.

Scott Troxel 4/28/2016 | 5:22 PM

I am very excited to be working on some new pieces for UGallery. Right now I have a few large canvases, 3-4 wood wall sculptures and an entire stack of reclaimed wood (Which I have not figured out what to make from them yet-but the texture is fantastic) in front of me. I have so many ideas but only so much time in the day. Better get to it!

Auburn3
by SCOTT TROXEL


Mixed media artwork on wood
One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2016

31.25" h x 24" w x 2" d
50 lbs. 0 oz.

$1,775


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The Auburn series (3 in the series) were created for a gallery solo show entitled "Line and Grain." These pieces were made from black walnut planks that I purchased from a lumber mill. According to the owner of the mill, the walnut was refused by the gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, who had planned on making gun stocks out of the wood. This wood was refused because it did not have enough curly grain in the wood. The lumber mill purchased the wood and it sat in a barn in NJ for the last 10-15 years. I love the idea that this wood was slated to be made into a firearm, but in an ironic twist of fate, has now been made into art. A much better use of walnut in my opinion. 

My inspiration for this series was simple. I wanted to create a modern, minimalistic abstract wall sculpture in rustic wood. Not always an easy task, as the roughness of the wood tries at every turn to undercut the modern feeling of the piece. I love creating pieces that offer different and juxtaposing textures (for example, sleek and modern against rough and grainy).  In the end I think I achieved my goal of making these wood wall sculptures that can be both elegant and modern, while also offering warmth and nostalgic. Finally, the name Auburn comes from the accents of Auburn coloring in all three pieces. While the colors of all three vary, they are all linked by this Auburn color, whether in paint or in rough edged, raw mahogany wood.  

Each wall sculpture is mounted on a heavy duty MDF backing which is painted and secured to the wood. Each piece is wired to hang and acrylic paint and washes are finished with Liquidtex semi-gloss varnish.     

The walnut in Auburn3 is raw and has not been treated other than sanding. The large bands of acrylic paint on the top and bottom are semi-glossed and frame the piece with a beautiful modern feel. 

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