Naismith, Scott Curriculum Vitae

With the ambition to become an artist, Scott studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. In June 2000 he left with a BDes in Illustration and printmaking.

Since graduating Scott has been a full time artist, working from his studio in Glasgow. Much of his time is spent travelling around the country looking for inspiration for another take on the Scottish landscape. The many lochs, glens and isles of the West coast are amongst his favourite subject matter for his vibrant and atmospheric oils. Since 2003, Scott has also been a part time lecturer at the Creative Arts Department of Reid Kerr College, Paisley.

Scott uses vivid colours in a vigorous application to represent the fast changing light conditions of the West coast of Scotland. Colour use often becomes an entirely emotional response to the subject while tone can remain representational.

The love he has for his native Scottish countryside is portrayed in his work through an ebullient energy with which he handles the colour with palette knife and brush.

Scott�s recent work concentrates on transitional skies and the many colours involved when light breaks through cloud. These changing skies from dark to light are a metaphor for optimism and hope. After a miraculous recovery from cancer by his father, his recent marriage and birth of his first child, Arran, Scott draws upon a great positivity and energy.

In 2012, Scott's work was displayed on screens in Times Square, New York in an exhibition titled 'Art Takes Times Square' following a global online voting system.

Scott has recently gathered a large worldwide following through his painting videos on YouTube. Scott's videos attract over 1800 subscribers and over 1000 views per day.


After 12 years of painting the Scottish landscape, my recent work now becomes more involved with cloud cover and its effect on light and colour through both its translucent and opaque properties. Clouds are visible masses of water droplets or frozen ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere . They have the ability to refract and reflect, creating an ever changing perception of light which inspires my use of colour.

I am constantly referring to the paradox of a cloud's perceived weight and its fragility and the relationship between the cool and warm colours created by it. I have become increasingly interested in catching the moment when heavy overcast clears to reveal clear blue sky, a cool colour that complements the warmth it brings. While the most obvious manifestation of light refraction at this time would occur in the form of a rainbow, I will be concerned with accentuating the infinite, more subtle effects.

My unique approach to colour identifies the importance and accuracy of the CMY colour wheel and the truth about magenta, cyan and yellow as being the correct primary colours of painting. I illustrate this theory through my popular, ground breaking YouTube video 'The Truth About the Colour Wheel'

I find myself inspired increasingly by the works of Turner, who created ephemeral atmospheric effects using large washes of liquid paint. Other influences include Francis Cadell, Glasgow boys: Guthrie Lavery, Henry... and Joan Eardley.



2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Ian Kenny Gallery, Hamilton
2003 Cosmo Cafe, Glasgow Film Theatre

2008 West End Festival, �The Lane� Glasgow

2010 Riverside Inverclyde Gallery

2 Man Exhibition: 2006 Scott Naismith / Peter Howson at Carby Art Galley, Aberdeen

2 Man Exhibition 2008 Scott Naismith/ Erni Upton at Annan Art, Glasgow

2 Artist exhibition 2010 Christine O'Keeffe and Scott Naismith at DiRollo Gallery, Dundas St, Edinburgh


2000 Graduates Strathearn Gallery, Crieff

2002 Naismith & Kenny exhibition. Marischal Gallery, Aberdeen
2002 - 2003 Margin Gallery, Hamilton
2002- 2004 Bishopbriggs Gallery & Framers
2002- 2006 Inverbeg Gallery, Luss
2002- 2003 Arthur Anderson Gallery, Eaglesham
2003 Paisley Art Institute (PAI)
2003- 2004 The Jerdan Gallery, Crail
2003- 2004 Connell Gallery, Glasgow
2004- 2006 Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Broughty Ferry
2004- 2006 Watermark Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2004- 2005 Panton Gallery, Dunfermline
2005- 2006 Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen
2005- 2006 Frasers Gallery, Dundee
2006 Westgate Gallery, North Berwick
2006- 2011 Southside Art, Glasgow
2006- Present, Glasgow & Edinburgh

2007- 2009 MacGreggor Fine Art, Glasgow

2008: Winter Show, DiRollo Gallery, Edinburgh

2008- Present Annan Art, Woodlands Road, Glasgow

2008- 2010 The Glasgow Art Fair

2008 ROI Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colour, Mall Galleries, London

2009 The Sun Gallery, Newburgh

2010 Seagull Gallery, Gourock

2011 Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld

2011 Contemporary Six Gallery, Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester

2012 The Glasgow Art Show

2012 Art Forum, Milngavie

2012 The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan

2012 'Art Takes Times Square' New York

2012 The Vine Trust Barge Festival exhibition, Edinburgh

2012 Erkine Art Exhibition. Trades Hall Glasgow

2012 Buy Art Fair, Manchester


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