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Scott Bateman, local artist

July 14, 2017


My Friend would like to introduce to you a very talented artist who lives locally and creates these magical pictures.
Scott says, “I’ve lived in St Ives for four years and love it here; it’s so peaceful by the river. St Ives has a wonderful community spirit, especially in the summer with all the music festivals and the carnival.

I’ve always, as far as I can remember, been interested in art and design and have been mostly self-taught. I gained a GCSE and A level in art and then went on to do a BTec national diploma at Sutton Coldfield college in Birmingham and then a BA Hons in Scientific and Natural History illustration at Blackpool & the Fylde technical college. I’m currently working on five paintings which all feature seascapes, a couple have northern lights and sunsets.

Currently I don’t have any solo exhibitions planned, but there are a good few galleries in the UK that show my paintings. Unfortunately, there are no local galleries that I know of that stock my work, but I have previously displayed some at the ArtsFESt in St Ives corn exchange.
One of the main inspirational artists of my youth was Boris Vallejo, a brilliant science fiction and fantasy artist along with another science fiction artist, Ralph MacQuarrie who was the concept artist for the Star Wars movies. Wildlife artists such as Robert Bateman (no relation) and David Shepherd have also been big influences.

  I happened on my style of painting purely by chance. I was always a traditional painter, painting portraits, landscapes and animals from life and photographs for reference. I have always loved the great masters and a lot of comic book and fantasy artists too. Around ten years ago, I decided to try a few ‘cartoony’ paintings and put them up for auction online when an art dealer spotted them and asked me to have a look at a few popular artists of that time and to produce
some similar work for them. The artists were Doug Hyde, Peter Smith and Mackenzie Thorpe.

I think my work has the influence of these artists, but also stands out individually. Of course, also the love of a good woman (my wife, Sarah) inspires the romantic subject matter.

The most satisfying moment as a painter is in fact the whole painting process through to completion. It’s a great feeling seeing it all come together including the little accidents that can happen that actually work within the painting for the better.” 




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