Scott Tetlow’s stunning new collection features a range of abstract portraiture completely modern and original in its inception. There is an elegance to his female forms and yet there is an attitude, a sassiness, a potency of the eyes, that gives these works a supreme sense of power and domination, or is its fragility and vulnerability?
Distinctive of the urban pop movement, Scott’s style is both innovative and iconic, and whether the subject is animal or architecture, it is instantly recognisable and very much a style of his own. Scott lived in Taiwan for a time and his studies of calligraphy have greatly influenced his work. Chinese calligraphy is valued as ‘high art’, both for the beauty of its aesthetic form and its the ability to express the inner beauty of the soul and spirit. Often, Chinese painters will say they are “writing a painting” and this is a concept that continues to shape Scott’s work to this day.
Through his love of calligraphy, Scott has developed a form of painting that is linear and yet absent of the constraints of calligraphy. Instead, it is imbued with a sense of freedom of movement, that is balanced and contained in a considered composition. This movement adds to the illusion of life and spirit. There is a confidence of line, a strength in the flow of creation that adds to the energy of the artwork. Quite clearly there is an abstraction to the work, but there is a realism too that gives his female forms character and personality. Scott’s artwork has a narrative, a story to tell, an energy to be absorbed and his female forms are there to be read, understood, and discovered in all their beauty.