Iris Scott (b.1984) is a finger painting artist based in New York City, Brooklyn. Iris makes her color-saturated canvases burst with movement using a form of textural Impressionism all her own, and without using a brush. “There’s nothing between me and the paint - 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, oftentimes incorporating over 100 different oil colors into a single scene. Her paintings portray a dreamy yet dynamic world - a heightened, lusher 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. Raised in the Pacific Northwest Rainforest near Seattle, Iris 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. Play days were drenched with rain. Animal and plant life bloomed 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. Starting a small revolution, her art has garnered attention from press worldwide, including The San Francisco Globe, Colossal, and American Art Collector. Iris has blazed a truly unique trail in the art world, being also passionate about sharing her art form with Facebook and Instagram fans. Her book Finger Painting Weekend Workshop hits stores in October 2015, and guides people of all levels through Impressionistic finger painting.
Washington State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2006