“Contemplative Moment” by Scott Jackson


“Contemplative Moment” by Scott Jackson. Oil on canvas. Signed lower left.

Scott Jackson is a contemporary Philadelphia artist who graduated with a B.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1984.

He has studied at The Art Students’ League in New York and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia.

His paintings capture the feel of ordinary landscapes both urban and rural showcasing architecture and, as seen in this work, lone figures.  Most of his paintings are of his home, Philadelphia.  Street scenes depict individuals and city structures.  All of his work has a very clean and realistic feel.

Artist statement:

“The work begins with my deep attraction to my subjects, if only on a visual level. For the most part, I am attracted to strong light and shadow patterns that impact the way I see things. Once captivated, I try to arrive at the essence of my subjects by painting these patterns of light and shadow. I try not to be influenced by commonly held notions about the subjects, but concentrate only on their immediate visual constitution. Ultimately, my goal is to find the essence of my subjects relative to their light source.”

“Technically, my aim is for a balance between light and color and a simplification of shape and form. This allows me to address the surface of my canvas and concentrate on design, with the ultimate goal of trying to achieve a balance between design and form. I enjoy painting cityscapes, landscapes and the figure equally well, but my ideas for these subjects are always formed by light, which, for me, is a catalyst for personal expression.”

There is strong light and shadows highlighting the subject and the scene. In this work, a man stands at a city corner and deliberates internally.   He is frozen in time and thought.  It is important to notice how alone the man is.  There are no other people and no traffic in sight.

The painting is framed in a simple wood frame and will mix with any decor.  It will become the focal point of any room.

Frames size: 37″ wide x 37″ high