If you’re a fan of compelling, original art and are unaware of Scott Rohlfs, we’d like to change that. His Instagram, swarming with alluring paintings, is a notable page to follow for those looking to integrate creativity into their timelines. A childhood compulsion to draw led Scott into the world of art where his unique take on 21st century womanhood has given us some of the most cutting-edge depictions of womanhood on canvas in recent years.
Born in Alaska but raised in the contrasting landscapes of California, Scott sketched throughout his teens, strongly feeling the pull of portraiture. The latest fashion trends, as well as the human body and a sense of dynamic movement, were important in Scott’s output even then. The fusion of human form and fashion remains the key driver in Scott’s work, with his techniques having been carefully and constantly honoured over the decades.
Today, using the mediums of acrylic, spray, and oil paint, Scott’s work celebrates both the voluptuousness and vulnerability of the human form, as well as its continuing odyssey cross modes of representation. He explores our real-world existence right through to the virtual life, where the portrayal of femininity has evolved dramatically, taking the idealized womanhood of the gaming world and a more global visual parlance (drawn from sources as divers as news reportage, film noir, and the graphic novel) as well as postmodern influences from multiple modes of being.
Scott is refreshingly open about his broad inspirations from many different sources, with artistic references drawn from contemporary art and culture – including couture shows, magazines, photo shoots, and music videos – as well as from the real world around him, whether that’s passers-by in the street or strangers in bars.
In particular, Scott pays much attention to the depiction of the eyes as “windows to the soul”, evidence in his world by his almost obsessive inclusion of huge, deep eyes that demand attention and inquiry. A major curiosity across his work is that it immediately invites personal narrative drawn from public, or shared consciousness and visual language.
Scott’s three toughest art critics are his wife Shelly and two beautiful children, Sydney and Grayson. He cites these three people as his main inspiration and driving force.
Be sure to follow and support the noteworthy artist on social media and keep an eye out for his upcoming work.