Scott Olson: Interview

Scott Olson, Untitled, 2013, oil, wax, marble dust on wood, 25.5 x 17.5 inches (
Scott Olson, Untitled, 2013, oil, wax, marble dust on wood, 25.5 x 17.5 inches (courtesy of Wallspace)

Veronika Vogler interviews painter Scott Olson about his work.

Olson comments: "I am attracted to painting because of its problems. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish inherent problems in painting from the ones we make for it. I am drawn to them especially as they change over time through different periods of art history. I resisted painting for a long time, working in a completely digital realm. It was part of my education in art school. It was the late 1990s and computers were cheap enough and smart enough to do amazing things with images in studios and classrooms. I was seduced by it and painting was this old worn out and restrictive medium. At some point, I turned those questions around on my self and became drawn to the nagging off-limits feeling I had about painting. The digital influence remains but it has become ubiquitous as a functional aspect of our lives rather than a revolutionary way of making art."

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